Curiosities

November 6, 2009

Sarah Baracuda, In Her Own Words 0

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Sarah Palin‘s memoir, Going Rogue, arrives in bookstores on November 17th; For those who can’t wait, may we suggest The Sarah Palin Rogue Coloring and Activity Book?

November 6, 2009

Coming to a theater near Tokyo 0

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First it was Pebble Beach, and now they want our movies. After years of bad Hollywood remakes of good Japanese movies, turnabout is fair play.

November 6, 2009

A Tipping Point for Gladwell Haters? 1

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The Nation expends about 7,500 words to say Malcolm Gladwell is a hack. The source of the umbrage: “a cheerful, conversational voice deployed in a perfectly paced dopamine prose that had the palliative effect of nullifying whatever concerns readers might have about this product or that problem.”

November 6, 2009

RIP Mall Bookstores 0

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Mourning the death of the Waldenbooks at the mall. “But in a way I’m glad, as this means that yet another supposed agent of publishing’s ever-imminent death is now biting the dust itself.”

November 6, 2009

Stocking Stuffers 0

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It’s not even Thanksgiving, but Dalkey Archive Press is already Jingle Bell rocking their holiday sale. 60% off pretty much all Dalkey books.

November 6, 2009

Drawing Autism 0

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A recent Curiosity noted autistic British artist Stephen Wiltshire drawing the New York City skyline from memory. A new book Drawing Autism will collect the work of other autistic artists. Wiltshire chose not to be in the book because he didn’t want to be seen as “just” an autistic artist. More from the book.

November 5, 2009

Red Herring 0

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Languagehat points to the curious origins of the idiom “red herring.”

November 5, 2009

Paper or Plastic? 0

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Paper or plastic? Hey, you with the Kindle! Stop looking so smug… E-books aren’t as green as you think.

November 5, 2009

The Glenn Beck book club? 0

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Move over, Oprah. Glenn Beck‘s got something he wants you to read…

November 4, 2009

The normative, the gendered body, etc. etc. 0

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“The fiction of normative value(s) invests itself in the legitimation of the public sphere.”  Finally, you don’t have to make up your own bullshit, with this nifty academic writing generator!