Curiosities

September 3, 2011

F. Scott Fitzgerald on YouTube 0

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F. Scott Fitzgerald reads from Othello (via The Missouri Review), John Keats, and John Masefield.

September 2, 2011

Literary Pets and Pet Names 0

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If you read one article on literary pets and pet names today, make it this one.

September 2, 2011

New Directions Fall Releases 0

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Eight Fall releases are highlighted by New Directions.

September 2, 2011

An “Illegal Library” 3

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Banned Books Week is a few weeks away, but this youngster is taking matters into her own hands.

September 1, 2011

Winesburg, Ohio Online 2

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The University of Virginia Library (last mentioned for its William Faulkner recordings) has made the text of Sherwood Anderson‘s Winesburg, Ohio available online in its entirety.

September 1, 2011

Books, Charity, and Africa 0

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The Hipster Book Club is doing a literary-themed charity drive for the famine in the Horn of Africa.

September 1, 2011

The Church of Scientology vs. The New Yorker 2

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Last February, everyone was talking about Lawrence Wright‘s epic New Yorker profile of Paul Haggis and The Church of Scientology. But now, as The New York Times reports, the Church has released Freedom, a 51-page retaliatory glossy with DVD accompaniment.

September 1, 2011

A Budding Fan 0

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In 1964, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin wrote Marvel icon Stan Lee a fan letter.

August 31, 2011

Theft and Academic Publishing 0

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In light of Aaron Swartz‘s alleged JSTOR data theft, Maria Bustillos wonders whether his actions even constitute a crime. George Monbiot goes even further, alleging that academic publishers “make Murdoch look like a socialist.”

August 31, 2011

The Cows 0

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A German cow named Yvonne escaped her impending trip to a slaughterhouse and soon became a national icon. In the wake of public outcry, officials have called off the search for her. Elsewhere, Lydia Davis is probably regretting that this story broke after she published her bovine chapbook The Cows.