Curiosities

February 2, 2014

“Mookie Blaylock dresses up as Mookie Blaylock for Halloween.” 0

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What better way to celebrate the Super Bowl than by reading a poem about basketball?

February 2, 2014

“I Do (Plan To Read That)” 0

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Attention, lovebirds! Amanda Bullock put together a list of “29 Things You Must Read Before You Get Married.”

February 2, 2014

Two Newly-Discovered Sappho Poems 0

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A researcher unearthed two never-before-seen poems by Sappho. To fans of Classics and Greek poetry, this is bigger than the surprise release of Beyoncé’s secret album.

February 2, 2014

“I’m thousands of miles away, and you can’t get to me” 0

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The Yale Literary Magazine caught up with the reclusive author Denis Johnson to discuss the poets who made him want to write poetry, his favorite mass cultural product, and the chief reason he avoids giving interviews.

February 2, 2014

Who Should Readers Root For In The Super Bowl? 0

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Need a team to root for during today’s Super Bowl? Might I suggest cheering on the team that represents a city angling to become America’s second UNESCO City of Literature? (Related: A few months back, Krakow, Poland, became the seventh city to join the UNESCO bunch.)

February 1, 2014

The Tables Have Turned 0

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First humans wrote poems made of computer code, and now computers are writing poems made of English words.

February 1, 2014

“In such circumstances, how could there fail to be a swarm of ghosts?” 0

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Recommended Reading: People Who Eat Darkness author Richard Lloyd Parry’s stunning essay on Reverend Kaneda, a Japanese monk performing exorcisms to solve his region’s “ghost problem.”

February 1, 2014

Twitter’s Poetics, Twitter’s Bots 2

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As Teju Cole demonstrated with his real-time ghazals (one, two, and three) this past week, Twitter is a medium ripe for linguistic experimentation. And far from being the exclusive domain of human beings, the social network can also produce “found poetry” at the behest of computer programs – a practice I recently wrote about for […]

February 1, 2014

An Experiment In Crowdsourced Development 0

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Palgrave Macmillan is posting sample chapters from book proposals online, inviting comment “from anyone who feels they can contribute to the development of the works in question.” The trial will continue for the next six weeks.

February 1, 2014

VQR Debuts Redesigned Website, Lifts Paywall 0

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The Virginia Quarterly Review launched their redesigned website this week, and it’s a sight to behold. To celebrate the occasion, the magazine has dropped its paywall through Valentine’s Day, so start exploring. I recommend starting with Kevin Young’s recent poem, “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out,” which he composed entirely out of song […]