Curiosities

October 3, 2012

This Round Goes to eBooks 0

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How to build and organize a digital library? Here’s one way to do it.

October 3, 2012

Public Speaking 0

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“You mean people who are now in their twenties? They won’t care. People who are in their twenties will have already done this stuff, so there’s now a record. When those people are old enough to be in charge of things—which by the way I don’t ever want them to be in charge of things, […]

October 2, 2012

Reevaluating Yoko Ono 0

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After you finish reading this reconsideration of the music of Yoko Ono, you might want to get reacquainted with her entire oeuvre, starting with the fascinating Cut Piece.

October 2, 2012

Best Friends 0

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“Three weeks before she died on July 25, 2012, Marcia (Marty) Brown Stern ’54 sent me a registered letter, which began, ‘What is enclosed may astonish you.’ Indeed it did. The envelope included a draft of ‘marcia,’ an unpublished poem that Sylvia Plath ’55 wrote about their sophomore year together at Smith College in 1951.”

October 2, 2012

“Sing for our time, too.” 0

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Photographer Stefano De Luigi, featured in the latest New Yorker, traces the route and oral tradition of Homer’s The Odyssey using only an iPhone.

October 2, 2012

So Many Pompadours 0

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In the game of girlhood classics written during the nineteenth century, the correct answer to Little Women versus Anne of Green Gables is clearly Betsy-Tacy.

October 2, 2012

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud 0

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What’s a Wordsworth scholar to do when nature offers him no epiphanies?

October 2, 2012

Tuesday New Release Day: Banville, Erdrich, Petterson, Meek, Helprin, Lehane, Cisneros, Sloan, Josefson, Bertino, Ware, Paris Review, BASS, Amis 1

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October kicks off with a mega-dose of new fiction: Ancient Light by John Banville, The Round House by Louise Erdrich, It’s Fine By Me by Per Petterson, The Heart Broke In by James Meek, In Sunlight and in Shadow by Mark Helprin, Live by Night by Dennis Lehane, and Have You Seen Marie? by Sandra […]

October 1, 2012

“Pointless and trivial.” 0

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“Where, more importantly, is the story? David simply is. He does nothing, desires nothing. He exists, if that, and nothing more.” Shalom Auslander judges the prestigious Three Under Three prize.

October 1, 2012

On Leading the Tiger 0

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Pop quiz! Which former President of a European country came out with a memoir this month? (If you’re stumped, here’s a clue: her country is known for being rainy.)