Articles by Nick Moran

October 14, 2011

Google Labs’ Ngram Viewer 0

In a TED Talk, Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel show us how Google Labs’ Ngram Viewer works. You can learn “surprising things” from 500 billion words, a string of characters which put together “would stretch from here to the Moon and back ten times over.”

October 14, 2011

The Wire 0

The October 15 Boston Book Festival boasts a lot of wonders, but one event you shouldn’t miss is “The Wire” writer and producer George Pelecanos alongside series cast members. They’ll discuss “issues of race, class, and institutional failure as portrayed by the most critically-acclaimed series in television history.” Last month, a similar event was held […]

October 14, 2011

Jewish America 0

Saul Bellow on being Jewish in America, and Lorin Stein, in an interview, discusses contemporary Jewish writers.

October 14, 2011

Unlikely Correspondence 0

In a compelling personal piece for The Paris Review, Nick Antosca recounts his unlikely relationship with a “faceless confidant.”

October 12, 2011

LMC Revival 0

Anyone interested in up-and-coming literary magazines should check out HTMLGiant‘s Roxane Gay‘s Literary Magazine Club. The next magazine will be Beecher’s, which has just released its first issue.

October 12, 2011

Bearded Bards 3

Gilbert Alter-Gilbert (of “Literary Pets” notoriety) is the author of the new book Poets Ranked by Beard Weight. To celebrate its publication, 50 Watts‘ Will Schofield has posted some of his favorite excerpts.

October 12, 2011

Oldest Books 0

The fine folks at the Vintage and Anchor Tumblr account have compiled a list of the ten oldest books known to man.

October 12, 2011

Spalding Gray’s Secrets 0

Nell Casay, editor of The Journals of Spalding Gray, takes readers through the tortured life of the famous actor, playwright, and monologuist.

October 12, 2011

The E-Reader of Sand (II) 0

Reif Larsen continues our own Mark O’Connell‘s riff on the Borgesian nature of e-readers.

October 10, 2011

Violence and Darkness for Children 0

In a New York Times op-ed piece on violence in children’s literature, Maria Tatar claims that “the savagery we offer children today is more unforgiving than it once was.” Is that really the case? Adam Gidwitz‘s A Tale Dark And Grimm (reviewed by the Times last November), which underscores the violence inherent in Grimm’s tales, […]