Curiosities

June 9, 2014

After the last word 0

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This weekend–at 2:30 am on Saturday, to be precise–Twitter bot @everyword was set to complete its 7-year run with the final word in the English language: “zymurgy.” Unexpectedly, the bot tweeted again half an hour later–with a nontraditional character it had surreptitiously glossed on the first run: éclair. Since @everyword, like Lazarus, probably won’t get the same fuss after its second […]

June 8, 2014

“How can you buy or sell the sky . . . ?” 0

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Recommended Reading (and Viewing): “Skymall” by Tom Healy.

June 8, 2014

Drunk Texts From Famous Authors (Part II) 0

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A year and a half later, Jessie Gaynor returns to The Paris Review to follow up her much-appreciated “Drunk Texts From Famous Authors” series. (Part one is here.) On tap this time: T.S. Eliot, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Samuel Beckett, Roald Dahl, Jorge Luis Borges, Guillaume Apollinaire, William Blake, and a Flarf poet.

June 8, 2014

Poet-In-Decadence 0

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“The more poems you write, the more beer you get.”

June 8, 2014

“Louisiana’s heat is inescapable and aggressive.” 0

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The Oxford American just unlocked “Dixie Zen,” Sam Anderson’s piece on Louisiana summers. Last January, Anderson wrote one of the most popular articles in Millions history.

June 8, 2014

Adonis Adapts Ancient Zuhayr Poem 0

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Adonis, the great Syrian poet, has reproduced and adapted one of the ancient Muallaqat (The Suspended Odes) originally written by Zuhayr. The reproduction is hand-written on a scroll of paper, and then painted on, thereby “creating a new and contemporary interpretation of the text.”

June 7, 2014

Ten-Part Twitter Interviews with Sheila Heti 0

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In a new ten-part Believer series, Sheila Heti is interviewing ten of her “favorite people on Twitter” so they can “talk about what they do on Twitter and why – their Twitter philosophies, their do’s and don’ts, and what they make of the medium in general.” Kicking off the series, we have Heti’s interview with […]

June 7, 2014

“The town was called Dayton.” 0

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Recommended Reading: Rachael Maddux’s “Hail Dayton,” which features one of the finest opening paragraphs ever printed.

June 7, 2014

The Case for Reparations: An Ongoing Conversation 0

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In order to prolong the conversation around his Atlantic cover story, “The Case for Reparations,” Ta-Nehisi Coates recently took to Twitter to engage in a Q&A session with his readers. You can scroll through the entire exchange over here. Coates was also interviewed by Ezra Klein for Vox this week, and the resulting video is […]

June 7, 2014

Margaret Atwood and Philipp Meyer Headed to the TV Screen 0

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Here’s a double-shot of television news: Darren Aronofsky is said to be developing Margaret Atwood’s MaddAdam for HBO, and AMC has ordered an adaptation of Philipp Meyer’s The Son (which has been holding steady on our Top Ten).