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August 19, 2013

“The petty savageries of family” 0

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Recommended Reading: Laura Bogart on the weird art of memoir writing. (h/t The Rumpus)

August 19, 2013

One-Night Reads 3

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“Ever since, I have added a new layer of rules for my casual sex partners, especially when I end up in their space: I ask them for a book prior to exiting. I might phrase it more diplomatically, saying ‘I just want to read something on my train-ride back,’ or ‘I just finished my last […]

August 19, 2013

“Best” and “Worst” Are Prominent 0

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Here is a mosaic of Charles Dickens compiled from the author’s own words. (Related: I wrote about his children last week.)

August 19, 2013

Bad Yet Vital 1

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As you may have heard from our own Bill Morris, The Canyons, the new movie starring James Deen and Lindsey Lohan, is a bad film that somehow manages to be worth watching anyway. At the LARB, Naomi Fry agrees with this assessment, arguing that the film is important because it “identifies how desperately many of us still want […]

August 19, 2013

Views of the Sandworm 0

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Now that classic sci-fi mag Omni has risen from the Hades of publishing, editors are combing its massive archives in search of material to republish. Among that material, it turns out, are drawings of Dune homeworld Arrakis — drawings that happen to be endorsed by none other than Frank Herbert himself.

August 18, 2013

You Wouldn’t Understand 0

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How do American high school cliques get their colorful names? At The Morning News, Michael Erard investigates.

August 18, 2013

Stay Away from the Semicolon 1

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“The Crested Asterisk camouflages itself in poor syntax, relying on this tactic to confuse its predators and prey. It is the only specimen known to cause injury by way of over-emphasis.” Introducing a field guide to rare punctuation.

August 18, 2013

Like, Stop 0

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Those of you who remember the hubbub surrounding “vocal fry” will probably not be surprised to learn that, generally speaking, articles that slam the way women speak pop up at least once a year.

August 18, 2013

Tatjana Soli on Paul Yoon 0

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In The New York Times, Tatjana Soli gives high praise to Snow Hunters, the first novel by Once the Shore author and Best American Short Stories alumnus Paul Yoon. The novel, which tells the tale of a North Korean refugee named Yohan, proves that Yoon is “well-suited to the short form,” she writes. (Related: Soli […]

August 18, 2013

Valleyspeak 0

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Curious to know what the new Most Irritating Word is? Not many people agree on the number one offender, but for a while a top choice was “literally,” which evolved so much over the past few decades that the Oxford English Dictionary revised its official definition. At Slate, Katy Waldman proposed that we give the title […]