Curiosities

February 15, 2012

The Perils of Bookselling 0

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Which “CEO of embattled bookstore chain” profile piece is more your style, this one on James Daunt of Waterstones, or this one on William J. Lynch, Jr. of Barnes & Noble?

February 15, 2012

Dalí’s Secret Word 1

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Salvador Dalí appeared on an episode of the 1950s-1960s-era game show “What’s My Line?”. (via)

February 14, 2012

Sometimes It’s Obvious 0

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Why They’re Single is a “tribute site to excellence and failure in online dating.” And what better date for it to go live than on Valentine’s Day? (Related: OK Stupid: The Horrors of OK Cupid.com)

February 14, 2012

Give Your Thumbs a Rest 0

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Texting as art (well, picture-messaging).

February 14, 2012

Doomed Love on Valentine’s Day 0

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Valentine’s Day may be all about happy couples, but the most memorable love stories in literature are tales of doom, from Oedipus to Romeo and Juliet to the many dysfunctional partnerships that populate contemporary literature. The Guardian offers a literary lovers’ quiz for the lovelorn.

February 14, 2012

Facebook Overload 0

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Pamela Paul’s recent New York Times piece on the “permanent reunion” Facebook has trapped us in and an 18-year-old’s op-ed in the New York Post about why the shallow connections of Facebook led him to quit, have me feeling queasy about checking my timeline. So, I’m re-reading Edan Lepucki’s essay about taking a social media […]

February 14, 2012

Tuesday New Release Day: Hassman, Taylor, Nooteboom, Powell 0

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New this week: Tupelo Hassman’s debut Girlchild, a pair of novels — Angel and A Game of Hide and Seek — by Elizabeth Taylor (not the actress) from NYRB Classics featuring introductions by Hilary Mantel and Caleb Crain, Self-Portrait of an Other, prose poems by Cees Nooteboom, and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, […]

February 13, 2012

The Tragedy Interviews 0

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One of Tumblr’s most consistently enjoyable accounts belongs to Ben Dewey, comic book artist and proprietor of The Tragedy Series. This past week, Mr. Dewey gave two interviews about his work.

February 13, 2012

Amazon’s Programming 0

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Look out, network television. Amazon’s hiring creative executives to shepherd “crowd-sourced scripts” through development.

February 13, 2012

Chomsky on Schooling 0

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Noam Chomsky, in conversation at the University of Arizona, derides the rising cost of university tuition. He goes on to say student fees are “a general form of indoctrination and control, which goes down to kindergarten. I mean, that’s what No Child Left Behind is about. It’s training for the Marine Corps.”