Curiosities

March 26, 2012

Which One Will Write An Essay About It First? 0

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Did you miss 192 Books’ Geoff Dyer and John Jeremiah Sullivan conversation a few weeks back? Well, good thing for you that FSG put the whole transcript online.

March 26, 2012

Clear Thesis. Strong Analysis. Can’t Lose. 0

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It’s unclear how this Tumblr managed to elude us for so long, but it’s certainly making up for lost time. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Academic Coach Taylor Has Some Advice For You.

March 26, 2012

In A New York Epoch 0

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Maria Popova investigates Teresa Carpenter’s new anthology, New York Diaries: 1609 to 2009, and includes some wonderful excerpts and photographs.

March 25, 2012

But Then Again, Who Wouldn’t Be? 0

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I’m not that into ballet, but if I had to be, I’d be into 1,000 frame-per-second footage of German ballet dancers prancing around to a dance-y remix of Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place.”

March 25, 2012

This Could End Badly 0

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Want to tweet as @Horse_ebooks or @TimTebow? Well, now you can. Just remember that with great power comes great Klout scores responsibility.

March 25, 2012

Henry Miller: Asleep and Awake 3

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The documentary about Tropic of Cancer author Henry Miller, Asleep and Awake (NSFW), was filmed almost entirely in Mr. Miller’s bathroom. The filmmakers, according to the folks at Open Culture, “use[d] these bathroom walls as a gateway into his mind.”

March 25, 2012

MIT’s Open Documentary Lab 0

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Andrew Phelps interviews Sarah Wolzin, director of MIT’s new Open Documentary Lab, which “brings technologists, storytellers, and scholars together to advance the new arts of documentary.” The Lab, according to Phelps, is “part think tank, part incubator for filmmakers and hackers.”

March 25, 2012

The Dark Side of Google 2

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In the near future, Google may use your surrounding sights and sounds to help advertisers target you. Over at Gizmodo, Mat Honan eloquently argues against just this type of thing, and states that “the case against Google is for the first time starting to outweigh the case for it.”

March 24, 2012

Welcome Back, Y’all! 0

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Three cheers to the return of storied magazines! This month, The Baffler and Collier’s made triumphant returns after lulls of 2 and 55 years, respectively. Meanwhile, over at Johns Hopkins Magazine, Paris Review editor Lorin Stein explains why “literary magazines still matter.” And, if you know anyone with some extra cash, they could become the […]

March 24, 2012

Nothing Is Not Like Nothing 0

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Robert Krulwich takes on two very different types of “nothing.” As he illustrates through the invocation of Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, and outer space, “nothing” is a lot more complicated than you might initially believe.