Curiosities

October 14, 2010

5,000 Twitterers! 0

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Congrats to @Jschancellor for being the 5,000th follower of @The_Millions! #balloondrop (Everyone go congratulate @Jschancellor on Twitter!)

October 14, 2010

Politics and Prizes 0

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“I lost him when he became a neo-liberal.” Certain Swedish literary critics remain outraged that Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize for literature despite abandoning his prior socialist political beliefs. (via Arts and Letters Daily)

October 14, 2010

Emily Gould and Tao Lin Make a Salad 0

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Emily Gould awkwardly prepares a salad with Tao Lin in the latest installment of Cooking the Books. (via The Awl)

October 14, 2010

Art Spiegelman on Lynd Ward 0

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At the Paris Review Daily, Art Spiegelman, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic memoir Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, recalls the influence of pioneering graphic novelist Lynd Ward in his introduction to Ward’s Six Novels in Woodcuts.

October 13, 2010

NO MA’AM: Were You Aware Of It? 1

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Who’s afraid of Amazonian masterhood?: NO MA’AM is (National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood).

October 13, 2010

Esquire on Roth 0

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Esquire offers a long profile of Philip Roth on the occasion of the publication of his 31st book, Nemesis. (Thanks, Sean)

October 12, 2010

Hollywood Takes on the Business Book 0

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Andrew Ross Sorkin’s financial crisis post mortem Too Big to Fail is slated to get the Hollywood treatment. Curtis Hanson will direct the likes of Paul Giamatti as Ben Bernanke, James Woods as Dick Fuld, and Billy Crudup as Timothy Geithner. (Thanks, Derek)

October 12, 2010

J.M. Coetzee on Philip Roth 0

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“If the intensity of the Roth of old, the ‘major’ Roth, has died down, has anything new come in its place?” J.M. Coetzee reviews Philip Roth’s latest novel Nemesis for the New York Review of Books.

October 12, 2010

What Was the Hipster? 0

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n+1 posts several amusing excerpts from their “What Was The Hipster?: A Sociological Investigation” piece to be released in full later this month: “Like ‘douchebag,’ ‘hipster’ was a name that no one could apply to oneself. But the opportunity to call someone else a ‘douchebag’: that offered the would-be hipster a means of self-identification by […]

October 12, 2010

Tuesday New Release Day 0

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Just in time for today’s Booker announcement, a pair of shortlisters are now (or will be tomorrow) available stateside: In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut and The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson. Ian Frazier’s big travelogue (generously excerpted in the New Yorker) Travels in Siberia is out, as is Adam Levin’s massive The Instructions […]