Curiosities

November 29, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Bernhard, Martin, Dickens 0

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Back in print is Thomas Bernhard’s memoir Gathering Evidence & My Prizes. Also new this week are a pair of spiffy box sets, George R.R. Martin’s Song Of Ice and Fire and the major works of Charles Dickens.

November 28, 2011

I Know I Would 0

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It’s almost December. Wouldn’t you rather be surfing in Fiji?

November 28, 2011

The Future of the Book (& the Future of the ‘Do) 0

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Could e-books be one 2012 presidential candidate’s secret weapon? Perhaps. So, too, could a very talented hair stylist.

November 28, 2011

Adam Novy Interview 0

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Adam Novy, author of The Avian Gospels, is interviewed by Brad Listi for Other People. Their conversation topics include Chicago, Jewishness, Medusa, and “the fear of getting squashed by the universe.”

November 28, 2011

Time Magazine Goes Soft 0

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Last week, a lot of people were disappointed by Time‘s decision to “water down” the latest issue’s cover for its American audience. As a follow-up, ShortFormBlog takes a look at the publication’s history of doing this, and also their reasoning.

November 28, 2011

The Guardian’s Books of the Year 0

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The Guardian‘s Books of the Year feature should get you warmed up for our forthcoming Year In Reading series. We’ve wrangled together some great names this year. You can whet your appetite with our 2010 installment.

November 27, 2011

Meet Ant-Roach 0

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Meet Ant-Roach, an inflatable clackety six-legged robot with a protruding proboscis whose goal is to demonstrate the high strength-to-weight ratios of inflatable platforms. Can we say kid’s birthday parties?

November 27, 2011

Tips on Surviving Cancer 0

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Rebecca Pederson’s Tips On Surviving Your Cancer: Make it your Facebook status, shave your head, obtain at least one TV series box set and one reliable barf bucket, and more on Hairpin.

November 27, 2011

Khodorkovsky’s Unscreened Documentary 0

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A German film about imprisoned Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky is set for release in Russia next week, but it is unlikely that many in the country will actually have an opportunity to see it.

November 27, 2011

Miranda July, Craigslist Reseller 0

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Miranda July’s new project, It Chooses You, is a store based on her new book (published by McSweeney’s) of the same name. The store, at Partner’s and Spade in SoHo, is an exercise in buying belongings from New York-area Craigslist sellers and reselling the contents for the exact same price.