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August 27, 2012

“All we ask is that you don’t let that same commercial rot spread inside the book’s covers.” 0

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A case against acknowledgments. Counterpoint: a case for keeping them.

August 27, 2012

Has Odds, Will Bet 0

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As previously reported, Haruki Murakami is favored to win the Nobel Prize in Literature seven-to-one. For more on the dubious practice of betting on literary awards, see this interview from last year with an employee of the London-based company responsible for calculating the odds.

August 26, 2012

Thou thing of no bowels thou! 0

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Behold the Shakespearean insult generator, thou globe of sinful continents.

August 26, 2012

What Charlie Kaufman Has to Offer 1

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In 2011, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind screenwriter Charlie Kaufman gave a 70-minute lecture at the BFI in London. Little did he know Eliot Rausch would take snippets from that lecture, set them to accompanying, complementary visual clips, and turn the entire thing into a marvelous, beautiful video entitled What I Have to Offer.

August 26, 2012

Make it a Ben Ehrenreich Sunday 0

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Recommended Reading: Ben Ehrenreich’s story “Everything You See is Real”

August 26, 2012

JFK on the Decline of Physical Fitness 0

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Recommended Reading: John F. Kennedy’s 1960 essay, “The Soft American,” in which the president warns us about “an increasingly large number of young Americans who are neglecting their bodies.”

August 26, 2012

Ginsberg on Williams’s Plums 0

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The Allen Ginsberg Estate supports a regularly updated blog called The Allen Ginsberg Project. I recommend reading it. Here’s a gem of a conversation between the late poet and a student over those delicious, sweet and cold plums in William Carlos Williams’s “This is Just to Say.”

August 25, 2012

Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness 0

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Who’s the official Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness Officer at your place of work? You mean you don’t have one? Well, get on that promptly. The Center for Disease Control advises that “If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack,” so […]

August 25, 2012

The End of the Rainbow Room 0

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Is the end nigh for the famed Rainbow Room? Well, if it is, it’ll live on through passages like this one from Alvin Levin’s Love Is Like Park Avenue.

August 25, 2012

Who Says Print is Dead? 0

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The Little Printer is an adorable new printer that connects to the internet and allows you to print out “miniature personal newspapers” every day.