Curiosities

July 18, 2014

Brian Oliu’s Video Game Essays 0

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This week Uncanny Valley Press released Leave Luck to Heaven, Brian Oliu’s collection of lyric essays based on “the weird, painful things we made NES games carry for us because we didn’t know where else to put them.” To get a taste for Oliu’s style, check out “Mile Zero,” which will be featured in a […]

July 18, 2014

David Rees’s New Television Show 0

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Get Your War On creator and How to Sharpen Pencils author David Rees was recently interviewed about his new show on the National Geographic channel. The premise behind the new venture is simple: “anything in the world that seems like there’s nothing to learn about, that’s what we want to learn about.”

July 17, 2014

63 years and 1 day 0

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The Catcher in the Rye is 63 years and 1 day old today and PBS has published an infographic tracing the novel’s complicated route to publication. Pair with Millions essays about rereading Salinger and his three leaked stories.

July 17, 2014

Listening for “Some Late-Summer Evening” 0

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Recommended listening: The Southern Review has released a playlist perfect for summer listening, complete with five poems by Charles Simic.

July 17, 2014

Fifty Shades of Regret 0

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“Shouldn’t we all feel a little embarrassed about the fuss we made over 50 Shades of Grey?” Jessa Crispin writes for the Los Angeles Review of Books about E.L. James’ trilogy and some of the longer responses, including Hard-Core Romance, which we briefly covered a few months ago.

July 17, 2014

The Recuyell Sells 0

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The Recuyell of the Histories of Troye, the first book published in English, recently sold at auction for almost 2 million dollars.

July 17, 2014

Experience + Openness + Neurology 0

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“It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes a great artist creative” but The Atlantic makes a strong attempt and cites the story behind Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein as an example of what can happen “when experience, openness, and the right neurology come together.”

July 16, 2014

Book-barfly recommends 0

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What could be better than a summer evening with a tasty book and a witty drink? In The Spectator, various bookworms meditate on their experiences with literature and alcohol. Pair with a gorgeous essay on summer reading in The Paris Review: “books are a kind of island.”

July 16, 2014

The future of the crossword 0

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Crosswords in print newspapers are declining alongside print newspapers, but there may yet be a promising future in mobile apps.

July 16, 2014

Twitter: like a teenager high on Valium 1

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This week, David Mitchell (author of Cloud Atlas and the forthcoming The Bone Clocks) is releasing a new short story over 280 tweets (which you can read here). Form follows content, he explains, since his narrator is a teenager high on his mother’s Valium. Mitchell joins good company: Teju Cole, Junot Diaz, and other notables have tried their hand with this strange new form. Pair with: a stroll […]