Curiosities

May 6, 2012

And the NMA Winners Are… 0

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The good souls at Longform.org have organized all of this year’s National Magazine Award winners.

May 5, 2012

Old Jews Telling Jokes Are Back! 0

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The hysterical website Old Jews Telling Jokes has been revived from its year-long hibernation, and two of its newest gems are worth viewing: “A Stutter” and “Three German Shepherds.” Meanwhile, the show’s Off-Broadway adaptation is scheduled to open May 20th, and its producer has a great write-up about how the show’s evolved.

May 5, 2012

Plotting The Booker: An Infographic 1

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Are you writing a novel about an escaped tiger? (They’re quite popular these days.) Well, if you hope to win the Booker prize, you’d increase your odds by 1,300% if you switched your theme to “death.”

May 5, 2012

Weekend (Very) Short Reading 1

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With the help of the students in Oberlin’s Advanced Fiction Workshop, Dan Chaon whittled the 200-story longlist provided by Wigleaf’s editors into The Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions. Enjoy your reading, everybody.

May 5, 2012

$5,000 Is Less Than Most Freelancers 0

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Bret Easton Ellis and Paul Schrader are using Kickstarter to raise $100,000 for an indie movie entitled The Canyons. The film “documents five twenty-something’s quest for power, love, sex and success in 2012 Hollywood,” and, if you donate $5,000, Ellis will provide notes on your novel. According to New York, this Ellis-Schrader film is not […]

May 5, 2012

“Which I respect more than bourgeois liberalism” 0

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Much fuss was made about Barack Obama’s ex-girlfriends this week, as an excerpt from David Maraniss’ forthcoming Barack Obama: The Story was published in Vanity Fair. Of course, we sophisticated book readers care less about the man’s old flames than we do his literary pursuits, right? That’s why Mr. President’s analysis of T.S. Eliot’s poem […]

May 4, 2012

A dimension of mind 0

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There are two essays on the narrative genius behind The Twilight Zone, Rod Serling, over at Berfrois: Michael A. Moodian on how using genre tropes allowed Serling to tell politically volatile stories during the McArthy era of Hollywood, and  Christopher Cappelluti takes a look at how The Twilight Zone changed television history.

May 4, 2012

I work nine to five and ain’t a damn thing changed 0

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Jeff Chang, whose Can’t Stop Wont Stop I just can’t recommend enough for anyone interested in the history of hip hop, has a great piece in the LARB on rap music and the 1992 LA Riots.  The LA Times also ran a compelling essay on Toddy Tee, N.W.A. and other prescient west coast MCs, the […]

May 4, 2012

More of the Little Prince 0

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Unpublished pages from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s  The Little Prince have been unearthed, and they contain clues to a political reading of the children’s classic.

May 4, 2012

RIP MCA 0

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Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch AKA MCA has died at 47, due to cancer. Pitchfork has more.