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June 30, 2010

Not-Reading Is Fundamental 10

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In the past, I’d immediately swap the book I’d just read for a new one, a literary chain-smoker. But now I take my time.

June 23, 2010

Autographs and Pen Pals 1

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I wrote back and she was quick to respond. It wasn’t long before I began to live my life in order to write it to her in a letter. The events that occurred during the day, occurred so that I could describe them.

June 10, 2010

The Artist’s Exit: A Postscript to Marina Abramović’s The Artist Is Present 2

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Abramović has spoken many times about how her duration pieces have the capacity transform both herself and the viewer. But I also wonder if the interactive and ever-changing nature of the piece influenced the popularity of the performance, which by the end had become a media phenomenon.

May 27, 2010

On Tetris 5

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Like ping-pong or fucking, the game demands a deep focus that must be both maintained and ignored; once you realize what you’re doing, you’re done.

May 6, 2010

Reflections on Fear, Freedom, and Growing Up 4

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Recently two people who wouldn’t seem to have much in common—my 26-year-old brother and my one-year-old son—have both had me thinking about wonder and fear, and how their experiences of those two things are similar to each other’s, and different from my own.

May 6, 2010

Confined By Pages: The Joy of Unread Books 50

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I often find that the book I have read is somehow not as exciting as the book I had imagined reading.

April 28, 2010

The Novella is Alive and Well and Living in Canada 8

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While writers have never stopped writing short forms of fiction, Quattro is to be commended for giving this literary form some formal shape and focus.

April 28, 2010

Holden and Middlemarch in Windhoek 7

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Complete with phonies, small things that men love about women, and the mid-1800s equivalent of bathroom graffiti, Middlemarch is a book that I think Holden Caulfield would have grudgingly found acceptable.

April 26, 2010

Drifted toward Dragons: Utopia Today 13

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It’s fair to characterize the last five hundred years of human civilization as a history of not-getting-the-joke of Utopia.

April 13, 2010

The Road: A Comedic Translation (Part 5) 1

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Yes, said the nameless man to the nameless child, gazing out at the ruin caused by some massive anonymous catastrophe. Thats how we keep things interesting.