Curiosities

April 20, 2012

I like big food and I cannot lie 0

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The appeal of larger food packaging is, apparently, linked to a hunger for socioeconomic status rather than the rumblings of the stomach.

April 20, 2012

Appearing Elsewhere 0

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Ever wonder what writing contests do with the money they earn from entrance fees? Poets & Writers has posted detailed 2011 budgets from three of the country’s most prestigious book prizes, collected as part of my piece in the May/June issue of the magazine on the economics of writing contests.

April 19, 2012

The Audible Antipodal 0

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Asymptote, a new international journal of literary translation, is up for free online and comes packed with ear candy. Though all the content is translated into English, an audio recording of the authors reading their work in the original language accompanies many of the pieces.

April 19, 2012

Dedicated Fans of that Old Book Smell 0

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The British Library paid £9m to buy a copy of St Cuthbert Gospel, the oldest intact European book in existence.

April 19, 2012

Questioning the Score 0

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Lucy Madison asks how the 25 National Magazine Award nominations went to 25 male writers and discovers it may be because fewer women write long-form journalism, “particularly at those publications that tend to get nominated for National Magazine Awards.”

April 19, 2012

Why Did the Seagull Cross Konstantin? 0

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David Henne brings a humorous list of lesser known Chekovian Techniques. Next up, Three Sisters walk into a bar  jokes.

April 18, 2012

“Hana caraka / data sawala” 0

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Fun Fact: the Javanese alphabet, read sequentially, comprises a pretty beautiful poem. What’s your language’s alphabet done lately?

April 18, 2012

The “No Cry Challenge” Is Impossible To Win 1

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An intrepid (or sadistic?) YouTube user created a “No Cry Challenge” video playlist composed of nineteen videos that will surely punch you in the gut. These things are heavy and heart wrenching. I don’t want to mislead you at all: they could very well ruin your entire week. The first one in the queue is […]

April 18, 2012

Auditing The Pale King 0

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Two writers dive deep into David Foster Wallace’s posthumous Pulitzer finalist novel, The Pale King. Seth Colter Walls takes a look at the tax classes the author took before he began writing, and Eliot Caroom checks the facts laid out in Wallace’s portrayal of the IRS. (Related: the opening lines of The Pale King, and […]

April 18, 2012

2012 Hugo Nominees — For Free! 0

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John Scalzi rounded up online versions of all of the stories nominated for this year’s Hugo Award. Read up!