Curiosities

September 25, 2011

Odd Bits 0

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Pig-blood-flavored ice cream and Crispy Testicles anyone? Jennifer McLagan, Australian-born, Toronto-based author-chef, teaches us how to cook the rest of the animal in her new book, Odd Bits.

September 24, 2011

Betsy Lerner’s “Big” Story 0

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Editor Betsy Lerner (The Forest for the Trees) gives her take on what makes a story “big.”

September 24, 2011

Wisconsin Envy 1

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Chad Harbach and Bon Iver make this a big year for Wisconsin. It seems New York is slowly catching up.

September 24, 2011

Public Access Poetry 0

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In 1977-1978, a public access TV show called Public Access Poetry featured leading poets from across the country (Ted Berrigan, Ron Padgett, Eileen Myles, John Yau, Brad Gooch). Thirty-one episodes are now online, but the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s is seeking funding to post the remaining fifteen reels.

September 23, 2011

Élisabeth Gille Part Two 1

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In a recent article on Irène Némirovsky’s daughter Élisabeth Gille, Ruth Franklin picks up where our own Emily St. John Mandel left off.

September 23, 2011

Checking Out And Renting 1

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Kindle users can start borrowing e-books from their local libraries. This seems innocuous enough. But what about the proliferation of textbook rentals (e.g. the type on Chegg)? Some believe it may put us on the road to serfdom.

September 23, 2011

Nabokov: Author, Psychologist, Entomologist 0

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“Did Vladimir Nabokov’s novels anticipate trends in modern psychology?” (via Maud Newton). Well, they certainly anticipated advancements in the evolutionary theory of butterflies.

September 23, 2011

Are You Feeling Lucky? 0

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Hobart’s got a “Wish List” for submissions to its next issue, and with any luck they might just pull it off.

September 23, 2011

The Zen of Steve Jobs 0

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A while back, I mentioned the prescient timing of Walter Isaacson’s forthcoming biography Steve Jobs. As you await its publication, content yourself with Forbes and JESS3’s graphic novel The Zen of Steve Jobs.

September 23, 2011

Big Abroad 0

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An Iranian opposition leader said Gabriel García Márquez’s News of a Kidnapping accurately reflected his life under house arrest. As a result, the book is flying off the shelves in Tehran. But why do you think Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is so big in the UK?