Curiosities

December 22, 2011

Teaching STEM: Comics to Video Games 0

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While the federal government is turning to video games to get kids into the math and sciences, back in the day comic books provided a near-direct link to young minds. But the medium wasn’t warmly received by the older generation (sound familiar?), and the company debated whether it was worth taking a hit with parents […]

December 21, 2011

Miéville on “Hauntology” 0

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In a fabulously strange, illuminating, and spooky essay, China Miéville establishes the literary definition of “hauntology.”

December 21, 2011

“How an ordinary Asian fell in love with The Smiths” 1

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You may not expect much from a write-up about The Smiths’ new collected box set, Complete, but that’s about to change. In a phenomenal piece on the relationship between racial (in particular Asian) otherness and the UK band’s music, Sukhdev Sandhu explains how Morrissey’s “lyrics and persona mapped out a structure of feeling that spoke […]

December 21, 2011

Saying Without Saying 0

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Giles Harvey discusses the ways in which Anton Chekhov’s characters — as dramatized in his stories and a new stage production — “long to express their innermost desires … but instead they find themselves saying things like, ‘Why did I go out to lunch?’ “

December 21, 2011

Flaws of Hitch 0

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The recent passing of Christopher Hitchens has led to numerous praiseful eulogies. Many have been (and he would’ve hated this…) hagiographic. Now, in an article for The Nation, Katha Pollitt seeks to “complicate the picture … at the risk of seeming churlish” to allege that the man “had virtually no interest in women’s writing or […]

December 21, 2011

Edan Lepucki’s Other People Pod 0

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Our own Edan Lepucki sits down with Brad Listi for an Other People Podcast. If for nothing else, listen to them discuss Facebook addiction. Their discussion starts around the eleven minute mark. (P.S. you should also check out both Edan and Brad’s Year in Reading posts.)

December 21, 2011

Imaginary Russia 0

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David Satter’s It Was a Long Time Ago and It Never Happened Anyway gets reviewed for The Daily Beast. The book is a “sweeping study of how the former Soviet Union’s bloody past continues to poison Russia’s present and threatens to strangle the country’s future.”

December 20, 2011

Do Books Make Friendships? 0

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Do friendships form because of shared interests, or do those interests develop due to the friendship? Facebook reveals that music and film make friendships; books, not so much.

December 20, 2011

E-Books Get Pricey 3

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As e-book sales increase, their prices have inched upward. But will customers pay $10 to $15 for a digital book? Will you?

December 20, 2011

Protesters in Egypt Salvage Books 0

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In the wake of the fire that destroyed much of the manuscript collection at the Institut d’Egypte on Saturday, scores of pro-democracy protesters have told of their efforts to salvage books and other rare documents from the smoking ruins.