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November 22, 2011

Dear Sugar’s Mugs 0

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Last year, The Rumpus’ “Write Like a Motherfucker” mugs were so popular (um, I’m drinking coffee out of one right now), that this year, they’re offering two.

November 22, 2011

“It was a nasty autumn morning…” 0

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A thoughtful piece of fiction to mark the November 10 anniversary of Atatürk‘s death.

November 22, 2011

Liyuan Library by Li Xiaodong Atelier 0

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A new library has been designed for the small village of Huairou on the outskirts of Beijing. Instead of adding a new building inside the village center, the architects chose a site in the nearby mountains, a pleasant five minute walk from the village center. “In doing so we could provide a setting of clear […]

November 22, 2011

4.7-ish Degrees of Separation 0

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If you use Facebook (if?), the degree of separation from the cute gal sitting next to you at the cafe has shrunk from 6 to 4.7. (via)

November 22, 2011

The Notables: 2011 1

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This year’s New York Times Notable Books of the Year list is out. At 100 titles, the list is more of a catalog of the noteworthy than a distinction. Sticking with the fiction exclusively, it appears that we touched upon a few of these books as well: The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo (Most Anticipated) […]

November 22, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Bolaño, Crichton, Sondheim 0

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Another posthumously published Roberto Bolaño novel has arrived, The Third Reich. Time to update our Bolaño Syllabus again? Also posthumously published is Michael Crichton’s Micro, which was a third finished when he died and was completed using Crichton’s notes by Richard Preston. Also new this week is Stephen Sondheim’s Look, I Made a Hat: Collected […]

November 22, 2011

Beyond Holokitsch: Spiegelman Goes Meta 1

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Art Spiegelman’s Maus is that rare work of literature that speaks to everyone while pandering to no one. MetaMaus is a record of how Spiegelman pulled off this magic trick.

November 21, 2011

Then Again, Most American’s Don’t 0

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Do you live in one of the world’s ten most literary cities? I don’t.

November 21, 2011

UC Police Barbarity 1

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This week, UC Davis students protesting a tuition increase (among other things) were mercilessly pepper sprayed by their own campus police. In response, Nathan Brown, a non-tenured associate professor of English, has spoken out and called for UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi‘s resignation. In solidarity with Brown’s demand, students silently gathered around Katehi’s office as […]

November 21, 2011

“Murakami, who is nothing if not ambitious, has created a kind of alternative world, a mirror of ours, reversed.” 0

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Though coverage of Haruki Murakami‘s 1Q84 has been ubiquitous this month (appearing on this site as well), it is always worthwhile to read the inimitable New York Review of Books‘ take on such things.