Curiosities

February 21, 2012

Leigh Stein Two-Fer 0

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Here’s double-shot of The Fallback Plan author Leigh Stein courtesy of Full-Stop and NY Daily News.

February 21, 2012

Cormac McCopyEditor 0

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Cormac McCarthy helped copy edit Lawrence M. Krauss’s Quantum Man, a biography of the physicist Richard Feynman. But, seriously, can anyone prove it wasn’t really McCarthy’s Yelp review doppelgänger?

February 21, 2012

Foxconn Workers Get Pay Raise 0

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It started with Mike Daisey, and eventually led to a series of profiles in The New York Times, but ultimately Apple launched a serious audit of their Chinese sub-contractors at the Foxconn Technology plants. Now, thanks to increased awareness, those workers will see 16-25% raises in pay.

February 21, 2012

Literary Daddy Issues 0

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Writing in The Guardian, Colm Tóibín explores the “inspiring, rivalrous, Oedipal” relationships between authors and their parents. The article’s been adapted from his forthcoming book, New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families

February 21, 2012

His Mom Had a Tattoo That Said, “Son” 0

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Forget the Dos Equis guy. John Fairfax was truly “the most interesting man in the world” and, if you don’t believe me, read this series of lines from his actual obituary: “At 9, he settled a dispute with a pistol. At 13, he lit out for the Amazon jungle. At 20, he attempted suicide-by-jaguar. Afterward […]

February 21, 2012

Tuesday New Release Day: Dyer, Aira, Wilson, Iyer 0

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Zona, Geoff Dyer’s book about Tarkovsky’s film Stalker, is out today. Also hitting shelves are César Aira’s Varamo, Adam Wilson’s Flatscreen, and Lars Iyer’s Dogma. We were looking forward to all four of these books to start the year.

February 20, 2012

Comicanon 0

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BH Shepherd rounds up five comics (such as Maus and Watchmen) he’d include in the literary canon.

February 20, 2012

One Man’s BA is Another Man’s Treasure 0

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Writing for Washington Monthly, Ezra Klein lambasts “the weakness of liberal arts education” and talks about how the Ivy League’s failures have led to Wall Street’s gain.

February 20, 2012

Nerdist Wilco 0

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A Nerdist podcast featuring Wil Wheaton and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy in which Tweedy discusses his path to becoming a musician, how his kids like having “a rockstar for a dad,” and lets listeners in on their sound check at The Wiltern? Well, there goes your Monday afternoon.

February 20, 2012

Top Quark 0

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The third annual 3 Quarks Daily Arts & Literature Prize will be judged by Chinese-American novelist Gish Jen. The first place award, called the “Top Quark” will win a cash prize of $1,000. Might we suggest nominating your favorite Millions article?