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November 22, 2011

Joan 0

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Sara Davidson’s Joan: Forty Years of Life, Loss, and Friendship with Joan Didion is an intimate portrait of one of America’s most revered and private writers.

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 […]