Curiosities

September 20, 2011

Miranda July’s Advice 0

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Miranda July’s advice to high school girls (and feminists everywhere).

September 20, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Thompson, Stephenson, Adiga, McGinniss, Silverstein 2

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New this week: Craig Thompson’s long-awated follow up to Blankets is here. Stay tuned for our review of Habibi later this week. Also new: Neal Stephenson’s Reamde, Aravind Adiga’s Last Man in Tower, Joe McGinniss’s much leaked exposé The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, and a new, posthumous collection of Shel Silverstein’s poetry […]

September 19, 2011

College Football, Academics, and Great Journalism 0

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College football season is upon us, and I’d be remiss not to highlight the recent flood of fantastic writing on my favorite televised sport. Most striking is Pulitzer Prize-winner Taylor Branch‘s Atlantic article “The Shame of College Sports.” It’s accompanied by several other takes on the issue. In regards to academia, this New York Times […]

September 19, 2011

WWII-era NYC… In Living Color 1

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These color photographs of WWII-era New York City may rival those color photographs of pre-revolutionary Russia.

September 19, 2011

“Dressed to the nines, ready for the first martini” 0

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Next time you wait for your date to finish getting ready, occupy yourself with a poem.

September 19, 2011

Cities 0

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The Atlantic asks, “Why do cities matter?” In its own way, n+1‘s City by City series can be read as a response.

September 19, 2011

“Perfect translation … is of course impossible.” 1

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Ever wonder how Google Translate works? Now you know. These two pieces (one and two) on Lydia Davis‘ translation of Madame Bovary are worth revisiting, too.

September 18, 2011

E is for Edward who mailed you some art 0

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How jazzed would you be if you received mail in one of Edward Gorey‘s illustrated envelopes?

September 18, 2011

The Night Circus 0

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Erin Morgenstern‘s debut novel The Night Circus gets the NPR treatment. She’s totally appreciative.

September 18, 2011

Scottish Book Sculptures 0

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Someone’s been leaving book sculptures in Scottish libraries. They’re exquisite.