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September 1, 2009

On Walking and Reading at the Same Time 20

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Narrative and walking—as Chaucer knew—are a fortuitous match.

August 27, 2009

The Technology Fails Essay 4

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When my technology fails, the lack of it consumes me. When someone else’s technology fails them, I am vaguely sympathetic, but I’m losing my ability to feel anything in response.

August 26, 2009

T.V. Party Tonight! 6

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Maybe rather than asking “Is this indie?” we should satisfy ourselves with asking “Is it a good show?” or even better, “Do I like it?”

August 24, 2009

What I Read on My Summer Vacation 8

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Sometimes I feel like everyone’s eating this thing called scrambled eggs (What are those, I wonder. They look good.), while I’m enjoying a delicious chantarelle and pecorino frittata.

August 21, 2009

The Bronx is Yearning 6

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As far as the media (including the arts media) is concerned, the Bronx is a bad hand you get dealt.

August 20, 2009

A Hunger for Reality Hunger 10

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Essayist and author David Sheilds’ forthcoming book Reality Hunger bears “Manifesto” as a subtitle, and it may break the mold.

August 18, 2009

Dispatches from Vilnius: Regarding Language, Genre, and the Capital of Culture 0

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Out of nothing comes language and out of language comes nothing and everything. I know there will be stories. Certainly there will always be stories.

August 17, 2009

Summer of My Discontent 13

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Sometimes I read a novel that drags and before long I have spurned books in favor of internet television, Calvin and Hobbes, and puerile blogs.

August 7, 2009

Book Lovers 7

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It starts out innocently. I recommend Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son. “I think you’d like Johnson,” I say, after reading one of his short story drafts. “The violence and the tenderness together. ‘Emergency’ will knock you out.”

August 5, 2009

Fillet of Mockingbird in a Gladwell Reduction Sauce 11

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In his most recent article for The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell asserts that “one way to make sense” of To Kill a Mockingbird “is to start with Big Jim Folsom.” It’s a thesis that rings all the Gladwell bells. There’s the near-nonsequiter. There’s the insistence that to understand something you thought you already understood, you […]