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August 26, 2011

Edinburgh Fringe Festival Joke-Off 0

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Nick Helm took home the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s top humor prize for this groan-worthy joke.

August 26, 2011

Murakami Controversy 1

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Haruki Murakami‘s Norwegian Wood has been dropped from one New Jersey school’s syllabus due to “some words and language that seemed to be inappropriate as far as the parents and some of the kids were concerned.” His publisher A. A. Knopf has issued a statement in response.

August 26, 2011

Hurricane Reads 1

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East Coasters can prepare for Hurricane Irene by reading Hart Crane‘s “O Carib Isle” (via W.W. Norton & Co.) or William Carlos Williams‘ “The Hurricane” (via Proustitute). The Book Bench has also compiled a list of “Six Shorts to Read During a Hurricane.”

August 26, 2011

‘There It Is’: Vietnam and the Generosities of Fiction 8

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If there were no such thing as fiction, we’d have had to invent it, if we ever wanted to make sense out of a thing like the Vietnam War.

August 25, 2011

Outsourcing Tech Manufacture and the Cost of the Kindle 0

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According to Steve Denning at Forbes, “the U.S. has lost or is on the verge of losing its ability to develop and manufacture a slew of high-tech products.” He says the U.S. will never be able to manufacture a Kindle on its own soil. But if the environmental cost of producing just one e-reader, as […]

August 25, 2011

“We love sentences and the people who create them.” 0

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Christopher Newgent set up Vouched as a way to reinvigorate the book selling dynamic. By setting up guerrilla book stores and launching his Vouched Presents series, he’s had some success. You can keep tabs on their Twitter account to see when they’ll stop by your area.

August 25, 2011

“Time is the substance from which I am made.” 1

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Yesterday was Jorge Luis Borges‘ 112th birthday, and you can celebrate belatedly by reading his Paris Review interview and his treatment in The New York Review of Books.

August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs Biography Gets Unexpected PR Boon 0

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Walter Isaacson‘s biography of Steve Jobs is slated for a November 21st release. As the Apple CEO announced his resignation last night, the timing of the book Steve Jobs really could not be better.

August 25, 2011

Staff Picks: Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth 8

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With its gallons of bodily fluids and its frankness about the attendant pneumatics, Sabbath’s Theater makes Nicholson Baker’s “manstarch” look like marzipan, and The Rosy Crucifixion look like Make Way for Ducklings.

August 25, 2011

Paris, Wikipedia, and My Middle Age Crisis 7

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The crisis goes on like this night and day. It matters little whether I’m on YouTube, watching television, flipping through my wife’s magazines or churning through RSS feeds and Twitter updates, there are always endless amounts of famous, middle-age men to look up.