Curiosities

May 28, 2012

“manuals for a thinking person” 0

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Jed Perl on Susan Sontag’s journals: “The fascination of Sontag’s prose—and its sadness—is in the extent to which she is describing herself as a person who can never really get beyond a schematic kind of thinking and feeling.”

May 28, 2012

Hors de Texte 0

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I would like to nominate Sam Anderson’s riff on Roland Barthes’s Mythologies for the best lede ever. I would also like to order a tee shirt for a faux boy band composed of Lacan, Derrida, Barthes and Foucault.

May 27, 2012

Bollywood + Twitter = ? 0

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“Is Twitter changing the Hindi film industry’s long-held moral code?”

May 27, 2012

Not With a Bang, But a False Alarm 0

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Remember all those people who believed the world was going to end last year? Where are they now?

May 27, 2012

For Tom Waits, Drink Everything 4

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Do you like listening to music, but often struggle with an appropriate drink order? Enter Drinkify, a website which suggests cocktails based on the tunes you’re playing. (I tested it out with The Wu-Tang Clan. It told me to drink “1 bottle of gin.” Do with this information what you must.)

May 27, 2012

Can Cash Money be Caro’s Next Project? 0

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Eric Brightwell has written a great primer on “the independent years” of Cash Money Records (ca. 1991-1998). Now that the outfit has its own publishing arm, Cash Money Content, I suggest you brush up.

May 27, 2012

Theory of Blog Posts 0

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Over at HTMLGiant, A D Jameson offers summary and analysis of Viktor Shklovsky’s literary theory. The piece then invited some additional words from Helen Stuhr-Rommereim.

May 26, 2012

DeWitt Talks Lightning Rods 0

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Recommended Weekend Podcast: Helen DeWitt talks with Anne Strainchamps about her novel Lightning Rods, which we at The Millions loved a lot.

May 26, 2012

River Phoenix’s Final Film 0

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In 1993, River Phoenix was working on Dark Blood, an independent film that was supposed to be the underdog surprise of the year. But when Phoenix died three weeks before shooting was supposed to wrap, the project stopped in its tracks. Now, almost 20 years later, the original director and editor are piecing the bits […]

May 26, 2012

“My awareness and relationship with covers began nearly a decade ago.” 0

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Craig Mod’s superb take on book cover design in the digital age, “Hack the Cover,” is really worth the read.