Curiosities

November 1, 2012

“Heathcliff, it’s me, Cathy, I’ve come home” 0

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“Then, about an hour into the newest version, it struck me: it’s Twilight!…That’s how I would have pitched the film, and the fact that I was thinking of it while watching Heathcliff and Catherine break each other’s hearts was an indication of Arnold’s failure to capture a fraction of Brontë’s genius.” The impossibility of filming […]

October 31, 2012

Powerhouse 0

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Big news in the publishing world: Penguin and Random House have announced their decision to merge.

October 31, 2012

iDentity 0

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“Up until very recently, I’d recount my online experiences with some degree of shame or sheepishness, but in this apocalyptic year of 2012, that embarrassment is beginning to fall by the wayside. I’ve been having more and more conversations with people grappling with what is gained and lost by how some of our most meaningful […]

October 31, 2012

The Wrath of the Translator 0

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The English Illiad, compared: a look at the translations of Robert Fagles, Anthony Verity, Stephen Mitchell, and more.

October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween 0

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Margaret Atwood and Naomi Alderman have written a comic zombie novel entitled The Happy Zombie Sunrise Home, which can be read for free on the website Wattpad. So far, three chapters have been posted, with a total of thirteen to be published in the ensuing weeks.

October 31, 2012

What Hasbro Doesn’t Want You To Know 0

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The socialist history of Monopoly.

October 30, 2012

Listen Up! 0

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Here’s a rare recording of Ezra Pound reading his work.

October 30, 2012

Confessions of a Theorist 0

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“This is the odd space these Theory Generation novels inhabit, making them peculiar novels of ideas. Their writers have read enough Theory at a young enough age to be in continued thrall to its power; they do justice to the disorienting shock those texts once had, and perhaps still have. Yet they are old enough […]

October 30, 2012

Cracking the Code 0

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The world’s oldest undeciphered writing is currently in the process of being deciphered.

October 30, 2012

Steal This Curiosity 1

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“At first, I didn’t realize that AlexanderIII was translating the book; I thought he was just a fastidious Russian reader with a loose command of the English language. It was fun to see people debating the meanings of my thoroughly worked-over phrases…Then I remembered that no Russian publisher had acquired the rights, and realized that […]