Curiosities

March 26, 2012

May the odds be ever in your favor, Suzanne Collins. 0

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The Hunger Games raked in $155 million in its opening weekend. That makes it the highest-grossing non-sequel debut of all time. Over at Salon, Laura Miller tracks the steps that led to the blockbuster’s mammoth success.

March 26, 2012

New McEwan on the Way 0

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Here’s another book that will be in our July “Most Anticipated Books” round up: Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan, said to be set in 1972 and follow a female spy who is a compulsive reader of novels.

March 26, 2012

RIP Jimbo’s 0

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South Floridian bandits, fishermen, drunks, madmen, and college students are mourning the imminent demise of beloved Miami institution, Jimbo’s. The site of the “Who Lets The Dogs Out” video, the Flipper movie starring Elijah Wood, and a couple iterations of the now-defunct Swampstomp music festival, Jimbo’s defied summation. Put simply, you had to see it […]

March 26, 2012

Which One Will Write An Essay About It First? 0

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Did you miss 192 Books’ Geoff Dyer and John Jeremiah Sullivan conversation a few weeks back? Well, good thing for you that FSG put the whole transcript online.

March 26, 2012

Clear Thesis. Strong Analysis. Can’t Lose. 0

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It’s unclear how this Tumblr managed to elude us for so long, but it’s certainly making up for lost time. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Academic Coach Taylor Has Some Advice For You.

March 26, 2012

In A New York Epoch 0

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Maria Popova investigates Teresa Carpenter’s new anthology, New York Diaries: 1609 to 2009, and includes some wonderful excerpts and photographs.

March 25, 2012

But Then Again, Who Wouldn’t Be? 0

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I’m not that into ballet, but if I had to be, I’d be into 1,000 frame-per-second footage of German ballet dancers prancing around to a dance-y remix of Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place.”

March 25, 2012

This Could End Badly 0

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Want to tweet as @Horse_ebooks or @TimTebow? Well, now you can. Just remember that with great power comes great Klout scores responsibility.

March 25, 2012

Henry Miller: Asleep and Awake 3

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The documentary about Tropic of Cancer author Henry Miller, Asleep and Awake (NSFW), was filmed almost entirely in Mr. Miller’s bathroom. The filmmakers, according to the folks at Open Culture, “use[d] these bathroom walls as a gateway into his mind.”

March 25, 2012

MIT’s Open Documentary Lab 0

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Andrew Phelps interviews Sarah Wolzin, director of MIT’s new Open Documentary Lab, which “brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.” The Lab, according to Phelps, is “part think tank, part incubator for filmmakers and hackers.”