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December 17, 2010

A Year in Reading: Seth Mnookin 5

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The most enjoyable way to spend those dozens of nights when I was too tired to write and too anxious to sleep.

December 16, 2010

A Year in Reading: Richard Nash 0

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Critical tools for overcoming the variants of the Stockholm Syndrome that afflict publishers.

December 16, 2010

Words, Quantitatively 2

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Google has just released a tool that lets you see how frequently certain words have appeared in the millions of books from all eras that Google has scanned. It’s pretty neat. Here are some presidents, technologies, and the meaning of life.

December 16, 2010

A Year in Marginalia: Sam Anderson 35

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It’s the most intimate, complete, and honest form of criticism possible.

December 16, 2010

A Slumbering Rooster Begins to Twitch 1

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2010 is soon to be over. That means that The Morning News Tournament of Books is almost upon us. Two excellent developments this year: 1) the folks behind the Rooster have released the longlist of titles under consideration to make the final 16 (including The Singer’s Gun by our own Emily St. John Mandel) and […]

December 16, 2010

A Year in Reading: Michael Cunningham 2

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I have taken periodic Proust breaks and read novels that don’t require 10,000 hours of uninterrupted attention.

December 15, 2010

Santa, my Liege 0

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At McSweeney’s, Shakespearean letters to Santa.

December 15, 2010

How Advanced is the Reading Level of Your Website? 1

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Google has launched a new search filter to its “advanced search page” that allows people to sort content based on reading level — basic, intermediate, or advanced. Google thinks The Millions lands in the middle. Search your website using the feature to see how Google rates it. (Disclaimer: we can’t see any rhyme or reason […]

December 15, 2010

Fiction Vs. Autobiography 0

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“The unverifiable world is vast and accommodating.” From Robert Atwan’s essay (pdf) “A Remarkable Orgasm, A Dying Pig, and A Scarlet Letter: Is It Truth, Fiction, or… Autobiography?” (via @maudnewton)

December 15, 2010

A Year in Reading: Adam Levin 9

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Like any number of people who love fiction, I tend to re-read my favorite books. It is not, however, common for me to read the same book twice in one year, and yet this year I’ve read two books twice.