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February 11, 2012

Wikipedian in Residence 2

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The British Library wants to pay someone £15,384 to edit an online encyclopedia for six months. They’re looking for a “Wikipedian in Residence.” Can anyone get Nicholson Baker on the line?

February 10, 2012

Not Just the Mind’s Eye 0

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A new Tumblr, The Composites, takes descriptions of characters from novels and feeds them through police composite sketch software to produce images of their “faces.” Creepy and cool. (via kottke)

February 10, 2012

Birnbaum and Giraldi 0

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Robert Birnbaum talks to William Giraldi, author of Busy Monsters, about Val Kilmer, Diana Ross, and Gerard Manley Hopkins, among other topics.

February 10, 2012

Seeking an End to eBook DRM 0

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Joe Wikert explains why the book industry needs to learn from the music industry, drop DRM, and adopt a unified ebook format.

February 10, 2012

The Times on Boo 0

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Upon the release of Behind the Beautiful Forevers, the Times profiles the spotlight-shy Katherine Boo, “Unlike many journalists Katherine Boo aspires to invisibility.”

February 10, 2012

War Games: On Roberto Bolaño’s The Third Reich 16

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A mail-in card in my copy of “Richtofen’s War: The Air War 1914-1918″ reads, “Please send me your colorful brochure describing all Avalon Hill games and Play-by-Mail kits and your exclusive gaming magazine. I swear that I have the necessary grey-matter to enjoy your games.”

February 9, 2012

Cohen’s New Old Ideas 0

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Leonard Cohen’s new album Old Ideas is getting glowing reviews. Slate says of Cohen, “When it comes to lyrics, he’s second to no one—including Dylan.”

February 9, 2012

My Novel is Going Nowhere: Dispatches from a Literary Classic in Progress 6

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In these brief dispatches, we see a writer struggle with his book, his health, his debts, and his own mind. In Roth’s doubts, many writers will recognize their own.

February 9, 2012

Slate’s New Language Podcast 0

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Word nerds will likely dig Slate’s new language-focused podcast, Lexicon Valley, with Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo.

February 9, 2012

Sorkin Takes on the News 1

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Fans of West Wing, will no doubt be excited to hear that a new Aaron Sorkin series is on its way. The Newsroom will follow the action at a cable news network and is set to air on HBO this summer.