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January 9, 2011

Book Decor 0

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Will books in white wrappers become this year’s deer head? At The New York Times: Physical books find new life as design objects.

January 7, 2011

No More Irony: A Review of Monica Youn’s Ignatz 2

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I was suspicious of Ignatz’s subgenre: poetry books that are designedly books rather than collections, their titles linked by a single unifying conceit. The category was proliferating, it seemed to me, cultured by a world of book prizes and writing programs, or encouraged by distinguished precedents and obvious advantages.

January 7, 2011

Robert Musil and The Man Without Qualities: Imperial Vienna as a Portrait of Now 5

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Robert Musil wrote The Man Without Qualities in the 1930s, but his modernist elegy to Belle Époque Vienna offers an achingly familiar picture of dissolution and malaise.

January 6, 2011

The Best Single Issue of Any Literary Magazine, Ever 0

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What is the best single issue of any literary magazine? Luna Park nominates Granta 8: Dirty Realism, and explains why.

January 6, 2011

V.S. Naipaul on Writers, Kittens 0

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“The writer is all alone,” Sir Vidia said. “He has only himself—just like a little kitten.” The Atlantic interviews V.S. Naipaul. (via Book Bench)

January 6, 2011

Paper Trail 0

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“Please shred all documents up to and including this one.” – From Ben Greenman’s “Paper Trail” for McSweeney’s.

January 6, 2011

Interactive Art: What Video Games Can Learn from Freud 9

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What if the best thing art has to offer is freedom from choice?

January 6, 2011

Death and the Small Screen: Sean Manning’s The Things That Need Doing 0

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Manning comes at death from the side, getting at the painful reality of the suffering through the soft lens of the television set in the background.

January 5, 2011

Jane Eyre, Again 0

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Coming in March: Yet another screen adaption of Charlotte Bronte‘s Jane Eyre, directed by Cary Fukunaga. This one stars Mia Wasikowska as Jane and Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester. The trailer is here. michael kors outlet michael kors outlet online cheap michael kors handbags

January 5, 2011

Tolstoy in Russia 0

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Last year Russians wrestled over Tolstoy much as they did when he was alive. The New York Times documents Russian statesman Sergei V. Stepashin’s difficult journey to rehabilitate Tolstoy’s reputation.