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November 25, 2012

Shatoetry 0

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There’s an app called Shatoetry and, yes, it was created by William Shatner. Its purpose? Why, as “a sort of magnetic poetry assembler where every word is read in the offbeat actor’s distinctive tone,” of course.

November 25, 2012

Art Dealer$ 0

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Fresh on the heels of Rachel Cohen’s Believer piece on “the unexpected double history of banking and the art world,” one of the country’s biggest art collectors is slammed with a $276 million insider trading accusation.

November 25, 2012

“One story shook the Soviet Union.” 0

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Writing for the BBC, Steve Rosenberg looks at the lasting impact and significance of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, which was published fifty years ago this month.

November 25, 2012

1963 Was a Nice Year for Criticism 0

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Adrienne Rich on Paul Goodman; Norman Mailer on Morley Callaghan; Susan Sontag on Simone Weil; W.H. Auden on David Jones; Gore Vidal on John Hersey; and $1.45 new releases. The inaugural issue of The New York Review of Books is a sight to behold.

November 24, 2012

Mo Yan’s “Bull” 0

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Recommended Reading: “Bull” by Mo Yan, the latest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

November 24, 2012

JSTOR and Wikipedia Partnership 0

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In an effort to help Wikipedia become a more reliable source, ITHAKA has agreed to provide 100 of the site’s editors with free access to the complete archive collections on JSTOR.

November 24, 2012

The Keret House 0

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Etgar Keret is busy these days. Aside from publishing a story about the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and aside from promoting stories for Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading blog, he also has time to commission novelty houses in Warsaw. At 133 cm (or ~4.3 feet) wide, the Keret House is, in my opinion, the stuff of nightmares. […]

November 24, 2012

That’s a Mouthful 0

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The longest word in the English language is not antidisestablishmentarianism. Nor is it supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. It is, in fact, the chemical name of titin, the largest known protein. And now you can listen to all 189,819 letters of it being pronounced. Bonus points if you work it into your next conversation.

November 24, 2012

“The heat of autumn / is different from the heat of summer.” 0

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With the help of Flora Coker, the Poetry Foundation created an animated reading of Jane Hirshfield’s “The Heat of Autumn.”

November 23, 2012

“I made a left and a lot of enemies” 0

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is reading The Big Sleep for the first time.