Articles by Nick Moran

September 26, 2011

The (Literary and Presidential) Simpsons 0

On a Venn Diagram, this site would represent the intersection between “The Simpsons” and prominent works of literature. This one would represent the intersection between “The Simpsons” and a former First Lady.

September 26, 2011

“The decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes” 0

In 1946, George Orwell wrote that political prose was formed “to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”

September 26, 2011

Green Whisky 2

9,000 homes in Scotland are going to be powered by whisky. Could Maker’s Mark be bringing a similar idea to our side of the pond?

September 23, 2011

Élisabeth Gille Part Two 1

In a recent article on Irène Némirovsky’s daughter Élisabeth Gille, Ruth Franklin picks up where our own Emily St. John Mandel left off.

September 23, 2011

Checking Out And Renting 1

Kindle users can start borrowing e-books from their local libraries. This seems innocuous enough. But what about the proliferation of textbook rentals (e.g. the type on Chegg)? Some believe it may put us on the road to serfdom.

September 23, 2011

Nabokov: Author, Psychologist, Entomologist 0

“Did Vladimir Nabokov’s novels anticipate trends in modern psychology?” (via Maud Newton). Well, they certainly anticipated advancements in the evolutionary theory of butterflies.

September 23, 2011

Are You Feeling Lucky? 0

Hobart’s got a “Wish List” for submissions to its next issue, and with any luck they might just pull it off.

September 23, 2011

The Zen of Steve Jobs 0

A while back, I mentioned the prescient timing of Walter Isaacson’s forthcoming biography Steve Jobs. As you await its publication, content yourself with Forbes and JESS3’s graphic novel The Zen of Steve Jobs.

September 23, 2011

Big Abroad 0

An Iranian opposition leader said Gabriel García Márquez’s News of a Kidnapping accurately reflected his life under house arrest. As a result, the book is flying off the shelves in Tehran. But why do you think Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is so big in the UK?

September 21, 2011

Epic Pizza Delivery From Anonymous 0

Cole Stryker‘s Epic Win for Anonymous hasn’t garnered him a lot of positive feedback from members of the infamous image board 4chan. It did, however, result in lots of pizzas being delivered to Housing Works’ Bookstore on the night of its launch party. The author later did an “Ask Me Anything” session with Reddit and explained […]