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June 3, 2011

Best (and Worst) Book Trailers 1

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Melville House announced its Moby Award winners the week for book trailers in a number of serious and silly categories. (Full disclosure: I was a judge)

June 3, 2011

Infinite Jest, Illustrated 1

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Poor Yorick Entertainment, a tumblr that attempts to illustrate the world of Infinite Jest.

June 3, 2011

George Plimpton’s Video Falconry 0

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A video game for the weekend: George Plimpton’s Video Falconry. Backstory. via @youngamerican

June 3, 2011

The Virtues of Boring 0

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Mark O’Connell’s recent essay in these pages discussed how long, challenging novels can hold you captive (in both the good and bad senses of that phrase). Now, in the Times, Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott come to the defense of “the slow and the boring” in film, responding Dan Kois’s Times Magazine piece confessing he’s […]

June 3, 2011

Tweeting for Posterity 0

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You too can be in the Library of Congress. O’Reilly Radar checks in on the LoC’s efforts to build a Twitter archive.

June 3, 2011

More Keller 0

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Here are a couple more pieces on Bill Keller’s departure as executive editor of The New York Times. An interview with Esquire conducted not long before his announcement: “Newspaper publishers have done more to kill newspapers than any innovative form of media.” And New York describes how Keller’s recent cranky columns about new vs. old […]

June 3, 2011

Geoff Dyer, Gate-Crasher and Dragonfly 4

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It was as though I’d been drawn to the Phillips de Pury auction house to visually complete the circuit of learning begun by Dyer’s revelatory writings.  Which is not to say I wound up agreeing with everything Dyer had to say. Far from it.

June 2, 2011

More from the DFW Archives 0

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Another deep dive into the Wallace archive, this time courtesy of Open Letters Monthly. Interesting stuff here on Dostoevsky and, er…”balls.”

June 2, 2011

The Naipaul Test 0

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V.S. Naipaul (seemingly a professional misogynist at times) rankled many by suggesting there are no women writers that can equal him and calling Jane Austen “sentimental.” Now the Guardian offers up a quiz that challenges readers to identify the gender of an author simply by reading a passage of his or her writing.

June 2, 2011

Abramson Taking Over at the Times 0

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Big media news today: “Jill Abramson, a former investigative reporter and Washington bureau chief for The New York Times, will become the paper’s executive editor, succeeding Bill Keller, who is stepping down to become a full-time writer for the paper.”