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November 19, 2012

It Isn’t Even Past 0

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“People used to wish that life could be as it is in books—that it could have the beauty, drama, and shapeliness that writers gave it. Today, by contrast, we hope desperately that life is not really like our writers portray it; in other words, we hope that writers are not representative men and women, but […]

November 19, 2012

That Old Thing? 0

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If you went to Dublin at one point and paid a visit to The Book of Kells — and if you didn’t, what gives? — you’ll appreciate this take on the artifact in The Irish Times.

November 19, 2012

The Relevance of Plasma 0

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The vigilant excavators at Longform have dug up a fairly old piece, written by the essayist Jo Ann Beard, on a time in her life taken up by cagey dogs, vanishing husbands and the plasma in Saturn’s rings.

November 19, 2012

Your Thoughts on Painters? 0

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“Writers are not often great lovers but pathological inventors of explanations. Sex induces a kind of cowardice in them, a fear of experimentation, of being vulnerable, of stepping naked onto the stage to examine all the presumptions that pass without question when everyone still has their pants on.” Michael Thomsen makes the case that dating […]

November 19, 2012

Where Glowsticks Are Currency 0

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In this month’s issue of GQ, exemplary road-tripper Gideon Lewis-Kraus (of A Sense of Direction fame) pays a visit to the Electric Daisy Carnival, where the raves of the ‘90s have yet to go out of fashion.

November 18, 2012

The Alligators of Abraham 2

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You can listen to Robert Kloss read from The Alligators of Abraham, which was released last Thursday from Mud Luscious Press. The author also composed a playlist to accompany his book. The gorgeous text has been receiving much-deserved advance praise, and it’s even borne a “series of texts – videos, art, stories, and more – […]

November 18, 2012

Melville came before Darwin 0

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Herman Melville, science writer.

November 18, 2012

Perils of the Humanities Students 2

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In Florida, legislators are wondering whether or not they should raise tuition costs for students studying the humanities, or really anything other than STEM fields. Likewise, James Dyson (yes, the vacuum guy) bemoans Britain’s abundance of “students choosing to read humanities at university.” As a rejoinder, one New Statesman blogger notes that the study of […]

November 18, 2012

GIFs Can Be Serious, Too 0

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There are a lot of funny and silly GIF blogs out there, but what if you’re more “serious-minded?” What if you want something more fulfilling out of 2012’s “Word of the Year?” Well, you’re in luck.

November 18, 2012

Charlotte Brontë’s Voice 0

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While writing about Charlotte Brontë’s voice, Bee Wilson pays special attention to the ways the Jane Eyre author “makes a gothic fairy tale about a plain governess so raw and exhilarating.”