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December 19, 2012

Civilization of the Spectacle 0

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“If culture is purely entertainment, nothing is of importance. If it’s a matter of amusement, an impostor can undoubtedly amuse me more than a profoundly authentic person. But if culture signifies more than this, then it’s worrying.” Sociologist Gilles Lipovetsky interviews the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Mario Vargas Llosa about the contemporary collapse between “high” and […]

December 19, 2012

Dead Sea SEOS 0

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Google is pairing up with the Israel Antiquities Authority to put ancient manuscripts, such as the book of Genesis, online.

December 19, 2012

To Boldly Go 0

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“[Maria] Bamford’s newest show…is a more polished product, but equally radical—as unsettling as anything Andy Kaufman ever did.” Is the Internet the comedy world’s final frontier?

December 19, 2012

Pre-Anderson 0

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Who else read the biographies of historical figures as a kid and felt bad about not having learned Greek and Latin by age ten? Would you like to feel worse?

December 18, 2012

Selling Point 0

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“The uncanny—not truth, beauty, or goodness—is literature’s boon.” The good thing about literature: it makes you weird.

December 18, 2012

Four Easy Steps 1

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1. Research a social issue. 2. Start a blog. 3. ??? 4. Become a public intellectual! Or not.

December 18, 2012

Mother Tongue 0

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“Or again, does a ‘newsagent’ really need to become a ‘news dealer,’ a ‘flyover’ an ‘overpass,’ a ‘parcel’ a ‘package,’ or in certain circumstances ‘between’ ‘among’ and ‘like’ ‘such as’?” How to sound American.

December 18, 2012

“Let us not desert one another” 0

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In honor of Jane Austen’s recent birthday: five feminist lessons, culled from her body of work.

December 17, 2012

No Word on Receipts Yet 0

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“Ms. Gitelman’s argument may seem like an odd lens on familiar history. But it’s representative of an emerging body of work that might be called ‘paperwork studies.’ True, there are not yet any dedicated journals or conferences. But in history, anthropology, literature and media studies departments and beyond, a group of loosely connected scholars are […]

December 17, 2012

Editorial Notes 0

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“Writers such as Gary Lutz, Diane Williams, Christine Schutt, and Noy Holland palpably employ, in somewhat different but observable ways, the strategy [Gordon] Lish calls ‘consecution,’ the focus on constructing and linking sentences by considering sound and rhythm as well as sense.” At Full-Stop, Daniel Green examines the editor’s influence in a piece on Noy Holland’s new book.