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February 25, 2010

In Our Parents’ Bookshelves 38

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Even a megabyte seems bulky compared to what can be conveyed in the few cubic feet of a bookshelf. What other vessel is able to hold with such precision, intricacy, and economy, all the facets of your life

February 16, 2010

Linked by Words: Uncovering a Piece of Family History 1

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In these hand-written excerpts and notes, tracking his reading habits in those last few years, I’ve been given a sudden and surprising connection to my past.

February 15, 2010

Every Day The Same Dream 5

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Even aside from the sad beauty of the game’s gray world, I was thinking about it the other day and I realized part of its appeal: it reminds me, in its very existence, of what the Internet used to be.

January 20, 2010

The Road: A Comedic Translation (Part 3) 5

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I dont know, the man said, and it was truth. He didnt know where all the apostrophes had gone.

January 13, 2010

Selections from a Winter Reading War and Peace 9

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Reading War and Peace, there is the sense of beginning one of the great experiences one might have in a lifetime. It is an enervating feeling, but also a melancholy one.

January 6, 2010

New Yorker Fiction by the Numbers 16

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With seven years of data compiled, we can get some hard info on the New Yorker’s tendencies when publishing fiction.

December 7, 2009

The Road: A Comedic Translation (Part 2) 6

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The city was blackened, burned to completion. No sign of life. Not a hobo nor trollop, tourist nor knishvendor. Cars swimbled with ash, heavy with parkingtickets. Never to be paid nor contested, no weary fist shaken at the judge’s vacant robes.

December 3, 2009

You Autocomplete Me 2

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If Carl Jung had lived to see Google Search, he might have had a thing or two to say about how its auto suggest function is revealing the Internet’s collective unconscious.

November 4, 2009

Obama’s Brother Publishes a Novel 2

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The book draws extensively on Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo’s life in Kenya and China and prominently features an account of his relationship with the President’s father.

November 4, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are: The Best Short Film of 2009 13

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Spike Jonze says that this is a film about childhood, not necessarily a film for children. If he is talking about the trailer, he is absolutely right.