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November 14, 2011

Something Out of Something 0

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BOMB Magazine is collaborating with Farrar, Straus & Giroux to commence their “Something Out of Something” design contest. Participating designers, writers, and artists are invited to “draw inspiration from the written work of Israeli short story writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret to create visual art of their own.” Winners will receive $500, a personalized copy […]

November 14, 2011

“Go home to your parents, you losers.” 0

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Frank Miller, penman of renowned comics like 300 and Sin City, is the latest author to take on Occupy Wall Street. His sentiments are much less kind than Lemony Snicket‘s.

November 14, 2011

BW on Borders 1

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Two months after the last Borders store closed its doors, Business Week takes an in depth look at the reasons for its demise.

November 14, 2011

Early Fire 0

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Amazon says it’s shipping the Kindle Fire a day early, i.e. today.

November 14, 2011

2011 Best of Plagiarism 1

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Q. R. Markham‘s heavily plagiarized book Assassin of Secrets somehow made it onto Kirkus Reviews‘ “2011 Best of Fiction” list. (Saved here in case they take it down.) Interestingly, the link doesn’t appear to lead anywhere. (via)

November 14, 2011

Reading 1Q84: The Case for Fiction in a Busy Life 27

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I stopped questioning the purpose of fiction and instead began to see reading 1Q84 as one of the few necessary things I did all day. The reasons for the change of heart had to do with wonder, with love, and with the way literature provides for the best parts of who we are.

November 14, 2011

Porn, Lies, and Videotape: On Russell Banks’ Lost Memory of Skin 2

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Lost Memory is a novel of the ruin and possible renewal of the Garden of Eden, where “maybe the Internet is the Snake and pornography is the forbidden fruit.”

November 13, 2011

Not Your Usual Book Report 1

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Tired of assigning that regular ol’ book report? Take queues from the New York Times “Lesson Plan” on how to go beyond.

November 13, 2011

Sandusky on Amazon 0

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The latest entity to get sucked into the Jerry Sandusky pedophile scandal that’s engulfed Penn State? Amazon. Users are leaving angry comments on the site’s comment boards about Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story, Sandusky’s unfortunately titled 2001 biography.

November 13, 2011

Britain’s Illuminated Manuscripts 0

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Illuminated manuscripts such as bestiaries and bibles, prayer books and propaganda, histories and stories, each owned and annotated by kings and queens, go on display at the British Library in London. (“The Genius of Illumination”, November 11-March 13)