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September 23, 2010

Leviathan and the Blogosphere 0

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At Big Questions Online, Alan Jacobs discusses the incivility that online discussions are prone to and suggests that this e-savagery is a symptom of our age’s infatuation with justice rather than humility and charity.

September 23, 2010

Was Milton a Bard of Smut? 0

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An Oxford lecturer finds a “filthy, innuendo-laden… smutty… coarse, and frankly misogynistic” poem supposedly by John Milton – a far cry from the lofty Christian sentiments of Paradise Lost.

September 23, 2010

Stockholm Syndrome: Two Books on High Finance 3

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Dennis Hopper is the neoliberal consensus, the crazy person waving the Glock around is the financial industry, the bullet is a two trillion dollars in losses, and the poor hostage being jerked hither and yon is you and me.

September 23, 2010

The Most Accurate Science Fiction 0

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While the best science fiction is a matter of taste, six scientists weigh in on the most accurate science fiction in their diverse fields, for io9.

September 22, 2010

Every Word of The Great Gatsby…On Stage 0

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In this week’s New Yorker, Rebecca Mead writes about the 8-hour staging of the full text of The Great Gatsby – “Gatz” – at the Public Theater.  She and actor Scott Shepherd discuss it on a podcast.

September 22, 2010

Kafka’s Last Trial 0

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At the New York Times, Elif Batuman has a long and absorbing article on the trial over Kafka’s manuscripts: “It’s impressive that [Kafka’s] sisters had between them four lawyers, although, to put things in perspective, Josef K. at one point meets a defendant who has six.”

September 22, 2010

Tuesday New Release Day 0

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New releases this week are Lydia Davis’ new translation of Madame Bovary, Ingrid Betancourt’s memoir Even Silence Has an End, The Prizefighter and the Playwright, a book about the unlikely relationship between George Bernard Shaw and boxer Gene Tunney, and the poetry collection Human Chain by Nobel-Prize winning poet Seamus Heaney.

September 22, 2010

For Franzen Haters 6

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Do you hate Jonathan Franzen (and/or contemporary literature generally)?  Then you’ll love B.R. Myers‘ take on him at The Atlantic.

September 22, 2010

Dark Times at The Virginia Quarterly 0

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At The Wilmington Star News, a round-up of the news coverage of the suicide of The Virginia Quarterly Review‘s managing editor, Kevin Morrissey, and the accusations that Morrissey’s boss, Ted Genoways, the wunderkind editor-in-chief of VQR, may have played a role in the suicide. In the wake of this sad controversy, the University of Virginia […]

September 22, 2010

My Favorites’ Favorites 12

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Where I formerly swallowed recommendations whole, I now cull through them – not exactly on my own but in a more independent fashion. I find books, I do not just receive them. Or, I try to.