Curiosities

October 29, 2009

Just in time for Halloween… 2

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Martin Scorsese presents his picks for the eleven (?) scariest movies of all time. Apparently he stopped watching horror films around the time he directed Mean Streets…

October 29, 2009

Another Eggers Film? 0

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Jonathan Demme will apparently be adapting Dave Eggers‘ Zeitoun as an animated feature for the big screen. (via)

October 29, 2009

The Memory Artist 0

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British artist Stephen Wiltshire is sketching and drawing a 19-foot long panorama of the New York City skyline. The kicker: the drawing is being produced entirely from memory following a 20-minute helicopter flight.

October 29, 2009

Brad Pitt for Mayor of New Orleans 1

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Brad Pitt for Mayor of New Orleans?  Well, why not?  Maybe he’s earned a shot at it.

October 28, 2009

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tax Records 0

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A detailed analysis of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s tax records, obtained from his estate, at The American Scholar. William J. Quirk scrutinizes Scott’s financial ledgers from 1919 to 1940, including short story royalties, expenses relating to wife Zelda, and his years spent in Hollywood.  Indeed, you are what you spend.

October 28, 2009

A Quintet of Interviews for Your Delectation 0

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Anya Ulinich, author of Petropolis, talks to World Literature Today: “What else can a person do when she gets home after a ten-hour work day – with a toothache that she can’t afford to fix . . . – but fall on the couch and watch whatever is in front of her face?” . . […]

October 28, 2009

Hip-Hop Close Captioning for the Lyrically Impaired 1

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“Yeah my drop sick…and my knot thick,” boasts Li’l Wayne in “A Milli.” Sounds great, but what the hell does it mean? Rap Exegesis, a hip-hop translation service, has the answer to this and other lyrical conundrums.

October 28, 2009

Iran Overload 1

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My student and friend Paria Kooklan pens a guest piece at the Vroman’s Blog about the popularity of novels about Iran–and penning her own. “I mean, the American public has a short attention span – Iranians are hot right now, but I can’t help wondering when the trend is going to die out. Next year, […]

October 27, 2009

LA Times interviews Jonathan Lethem 0

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At Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellogg talks with Jonathan Lethem about his new novel Chronic City “I love to dwell in the space of a novel — I don’t find writing uncomfortable, it’s something I really love doing. Writing a long novel, especially, it means that I’m creating this whole other set of people that I’m […]

October 27, 2009

Yes. 1

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Your dandruff falls like the fixtures within a scenic railway passing through a thousand bearded rainbows… Compliment courtesy of the Surrealist Compliment Generator!  (Via.)