Curiosities

June 2, 2014

Dystopia’s Meta-Dangers 0

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“Why write in an unlovable genre with an inevitably hectoring tone? Dystopia, situated in a dangerous no-man’s-land between the pulpit of the preacher and the safe sniper post of the satirist.” Future futurists, take note: the New York Review of Books reviews Chang-Rae Lee’s addition to your dystopic shelf, On Such a Full Sea, and ponders the virtues of […]

June 1, 2014

Re-launched Poetry Archive 0

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The Poetry Archive re-launched a week ago, which is great news for anyone who wants to browse through recordings of poets reading their work.

June 1, 2014

“Albertine says she does not know.” 0

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Recommended Reading: Anne Carson’s poem, “The Albertine Workout,” as it appears in the latest edition of the London Review of Books. The work is actually excerpted from her forthcoming New Directions pamphlet of the same name.

June 1, 2014

Illustrated Joyce 0

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Stony Road Press has teamed up with the James Joyce Centre to release a limited edition handmade book, “reproducing the original 1914 text” of “The Dead,” and featuring really interesting hand printed illustrations by Robert Berry. Check out some examples here, here, and here.

June 1, 2014

Double Shot of Dominican Poets 0

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The Fortnightly Review has English-language translations of poems by Homero Pumarol and Frank Báez, two Dominican poets you should really check out.

June 1, 2014

“I was sad as I began to think that I might be gay.” 0

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Recommended Listening: Andrew Solomon’s Moth story, “My Post-Nuclear Family.” (Solomon’s work has previously been shouted out in our Year in Reading series by Millions staffers Hannah Gersen and Edan Lepucki.)

May 31, 2014

They’re not astronauts; they’re advertisers. 0

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It’s been a full week, which means you’ve had to time to digest the half-season finale of AMC’s Mad Men. But before you dive into the works on our Mad Men Reading List while awaiting the premiere of the next half-season, you should take some time to read Phillip Maciak’s incredible recap and analysis of […]

May 31, 2014

“Knowing Suarez is difficult” 0

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Recommended Reading: Wright Thompson’s profile of Luis Suárez will make you want to drop everything you’re doing and travel to Uruguay and work as a sportswriter.

May 31, 2014

Charles Darwin’s Interest in “Neuropsychiatric Photography” 0

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In the late 1860s, James Crichton-Browne, director of the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, gave Charles Darwin a collection of photographic portraits depicting the “afflicted and insane.” What followed was a six-year relationship in which both men corresponded about “the physical manifestations of natural selection.”

May 31, 2014

Making the Puzzle More Hip 0

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Meet the 23-year-old who’s been tasked with “injecting some swag” into the “traditionally conservative New York Times [crossword] puzzle.”