Curiosities

February 16, 2012

Electric Literature’s Latest Project 1

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Electric Literature just launched a new experiment with Israeli writer Alex Epstein. Epstein published his latest collection of “micro-fiction” for free on Facebook, and he wrote about the experiment on the Electric Literature blog. For the next week, Electric Literature will be publishing a sample of translations from his collection on their Facebook page.

February 15, 2012

The Problem with String Theory 1

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Don’t tell Paul Murray, but apparently “string theory,” much beloved by artists and fringe physicists alike, has zero proof to back it up.

February 15, 2012

Artistic Dachshunds 4

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On the NY Daily News’ Page Views blog, Alexander Nazaryan writes about the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show’s most neglected — yet also most literary — member breed: the dachshund. “No dog,” Nazaryan writes, “has been more widely loved by writers and artists than the dachshund.” Comedian Streeter Seidell agrees that the dachshund was slighted, and […]

February 15, 2012

3-D That’s Believable 0

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To promote the release of the 3-disc Blu-ray release of Lady and the Tramp, Disney’s put together a promo in which two real-life dogs reenact the movie’s most famous scene.

February 15, 2012

The Perils of Bookselling 0

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Which “CEO of embattled bookstore chain” profile piece is more your style, this one on James Daunt of Waterstones, or this one on William J. Lynch, Jr. of Barnes & Noble?

February 15, 2012

Dalí’s Secret Word 1

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Salvador Dalí appeared on an episode of the 1950s-1960s-era game show “What’s My Line?”. (via)

February 14, 2012

Sometimes It’s Obvious 0

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Why They’re Single is a “tribute site to excellence and failure in online dating.” And what better date for it to go live than on Valentine’s Day? (Related: OK Stupid: The Horrors of OK Cupid.com)

February 14, 2012

Give Your Thumbs a Rest 0

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Texting as art (well, picture-messaging).

February 14, 2012

Doomed Love on Valentine’s Day 0

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Valentine’s Day may be all about happy couples, but the most memorable love stories in literature are tales of doom, from Oedipus to Romeo and Juliet to the many dysfunctional partnerships that populate contemporary literature. The Guardian offers a literary lovers’ quiz for the lovelorn.

February 14, 2012

Facebook Overload 0

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Pamela Paul’s recent New York Times piece on the “permanent reunion” Facebook has trapped us in and an 18-year-old’s op-ed in the New York Post about why the shallow connections of Facebook led him to quit, have me feeling queasy about checking my timeline. So, I’m re-reading Edan Lepucki’s essay about taking a social media […]