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August 19, 2011

Half-off if you wear Victorian costume 0

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There’s a Chicago Poetry Brothel, FYI.

August 19, 2011

A Morality Play Where the Moral Keeps Changing: Notes on the Library of America’s At the Fights 3

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It’s hard to love the sport without being, also, deeply aware of what a bestial exhibition it is. It’s uncivilized, dirty, corrupt, and ought to be against the law. It’s a racket that refuses to be rehabilitated, and a volatile, exhilarating vice.

August 18, 2011

Shakar’s Story Continues 0

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The Observer picks up Luminarium author Alex Shakar’s narrative where his piece here at The Millions left off. (via @sarahw)

August 18, 2011

Appearing Elsewhere 0

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Bet you didn’t know this Saturday was the 25th anniversary of the first “going postal” shootings in Oklahoma. I have a piece at The Morning News examining America’s export of this peculiar brand of spree killings around the world, most recently to Oslo, Norway.

August 18, 2011

Making Room for Readers 39

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It’s a mistake to rarify reading and put books out of reach. It’s a mistake to assume that readers are “mostly born and only a little made.” Because those discoveries in libraries and bookstores — and, yes, on my parents’ shelves, too — are what made me a reader, not some mysterious, bibliogenic accident of birth.

August 17, 2011

More Authorial Car Crashes 0

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“Camus, Car Crashes, Cinema,” a weird sequel to Bill Morris’ two lists of writers who met death by motor vehicle.

August 17, 2011

History of the Most Widely Used Font 2

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Katherine Eastland has written an interesting piece on the history of Times New Roman.

August 17, 2011

The Kindle World 0

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Apropos of Mark O’Connell‘s contemplation of the Kindle is this piece by The Guardian‘s Sam Leith on what to expect if the Kindle truly does supplant the printed book.

August 17, 2011

Mark Your Calendars 0

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Winnie the Pooh turns 90 on August 21st.

August 17, 2011

The Millions Interview: Geoff Dyer on the London Riots, the Great War, and the Gray Lady 7

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“I always have faith in this idea that if I remain honest and open about my own confusion, the blurriness of my impressions – it’s not because I’m short-witted or stupid – the chances are those feelings will be shared by other people.”