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August 19, 2009

Big in Japan… and England 12

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I decided that there was a certain affinity between the Land of the Rising Sun and “this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.”

August 18, 2009

Best Screams 1

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Peruse the complete ballots for Leroy Stevens’ “Favorite Recorded Scream” project. “Won’t Get Fooled Again?” Oh, yes, it’s in there.

August 18, 2009

Mad Men Style 0

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Follow Mad Men set decorator Amy Wells on a search for period furniture in Pasadena. ray ban outlet cheap ray ban sunglasses ray ban sunglasses sale

August 18, 2009

Adventures in Publishing 0

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At My Life and Thoughts, Elif Batuman–in delightfully Elifish style–describes her first book travails and unveils a preliminary sketch for the cover of her forthcoming first book The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them, drawn by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.

August 18, 2009

My Favorite Movies, Cheap 0

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This just in: Three of my all-time favorite movies are on sale on Amazon for $6.99: Shaun of the Dead, Dazed and Confused, and The Jerk. There’s a bunch of other DVDs on sale too.

August 18, 2009

Writing for Airports 0

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Evidently, Alain de Botton has recovered from the unfavorable New York Times review of his latest book, The Pleasures of Sorrow and Work, for which he excoriated reviewer Caleb Crain, claiming that Crain “killed [his] book in the United States.” De Botton was just named Heathrow Airport’s first writer-in-residence. During his week tenure at a desk […]

August 18, 2009

More Money More Problems 0

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Spend too long in Screenplay Fantasy Land, and you’ll incur Screenplay Fantasy Debt.

August 18, 2009

Nice Digs 0

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How would you like to live here? (via @emmastraub)

August 18, 2009

Melatonin, Menthol Lights, Jungle Gyms 0

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At Trickhouse‘s Back Room, Ian Ganassi lists life’s essentials, along with a few I could do without.

August 18, 2009

Covering Lolita 2

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Disappointed by how few of the dozens of official book cover designs of Nabokov’s Lolita “correspond thematically to the novel,” blog Venus febriculosa is holding a book cover design contest (pdf) to create a new cover for Lolita and is awarding a $350 prize. (Thx, John)