Curiosities

March 4, 2012

Comedy Central Books 0

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Comedy Central will team up with Running Press to launch a joint publishing venture called Comedy Central Books. Their first title will be a “holiday themed novelty book” by Denis Leary. Fun Fact: Leary is Conan O’Brien’s third cousin.

March 4, 2012

The Voice Is Now The Word 0

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Cee Lo Green will be dropping a memoir in 2013, and his press release reads like something that’s gone through four different spins in Google translator: “Talk about art imitating life? Enter into the super-natural, the surreal and the extra-ordinary that is [Cee Lo Green.] Do you think this is by chance? CRAZY? FORGET YOU? […]

March 3, 2012

Linguistics 0

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Leave it to the Oxford English Dictionary folks to put a damper on the linsane amount of eponyms based on Jeremy Lin’s surname.

March 3, 2012

Beats Rock-a-bye Baby 0

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Adam Mansbach’s Go The F**k to Sleep took the children’s book market — or at least the number of adults talking about the children’s book market — to a whole new level last summer. Then, weeks later, Samuel L. Jackson read parts of the story for its book trailer, and people freaked out all over […]

March 3, 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books 0

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Have you watched “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” yet? You should. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

March 3, 2012

Carpal Tunnel is the new Broken Back 0

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Parts of Mac McLelland’s Mother Jones piece, “I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave,” read like what Daniel Orozco might write had he worked in an major shipping warehouse instead of a human resources department.

March 3, 2012

Kickstarter Trumps the NEA 5

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Kickstarter is expecting to raise more than $150 million for its users’ projects in 2012. That’s $4 million more than the “entire fiscal year 2012 budget for the National Endowment of the Arts.” Maybe it’s because the NEA is wasting all of its money on that $1.3 billion poem…

March 2, 2012

It is so vast! 0

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“A Dozen Years In The Making, Highest Resolution Picture Of Universe Released.”

March 2, 2012

Details are vague 0

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China Miéville on apocalyptic London for The New York Times Magazine:  “Standing so straight on a raised dais, in so immaculate a uniform that he looks like a ventriloquist’s dummy, the Metropolitan Police Service’s new commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, tells the conference in an avuncular voice about his plan for ‘total policing. ‘ He is enthusiastic […]

March 2, 2012

Im in ur wasteland 0

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Imagine if Shakespeare had written Pulp Fiction? Or if LOLcats had written “The Waste Land“?