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June 17, 2011

Kindle Spam is Here 0

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Inevitable: Spam is increasingly cropping up among the self-publishing hordes on the Kindle.

June 17, 2011

Chabon and Waldman Go HBO 0

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Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman are teaming with Darren Aronofsky on an HBO pilot, Hobgoblin.

June 17, 2011

Internet Tendency, Redesigned 0

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The charmingly lo-fi McSweeney’s website gets a redesign and manages to stay charmingly lo-fi.

June 17, 2011

Philip K. Dick and the Pleasures of Unquotable Prose 16

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Dick’s novels feel like labor, as though they are tabulating the results of some desperate experiment.

June 17, 2011

Cliffhanger: On Extreme Survival Books 7

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This plotline rarely changes; the details are grisly, the scenarios harrowing. Yet we can’t get enough of such stories.

June 16, 2011

Moneyball Trailer 4

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The trailer for the film version of Michael Lewis’s Moneyball has arrived. (via Kottke, whose skepticism I share)

June 16, 2011

Arthur Phillips, Still Writing 0

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This thoroughly entertaining conversation between Robert Birnbaum and Arthur Phillips is not to be missed. Topics include faking Shakespeare, beagles, being anti-social in Brooklyn, pilates, and writing for a living.

June 16, 2011

Two Sides of the Book Biz in Britain 0

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Two Sides of the Book Biz in Britain: A small press specializing in works in translation is seeing success thanks to uniquely personal approach… while the big presses are teaming with supermarket chains in a race to the bottom.

June 16, 2011

NYPL Gets Trippy 0

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The New York Public Library has bought psychedelic guru Timothy Leary’s papers. The 335 boxes contain journals, videotapes, photographs and thousands of letters from avid trippers, including Allen Ginsberg, Aldous Huxley, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey and, yes, Cary Grant.

June 16, 2011

On Bloomsdays Past 0

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We brought the world of Ulysses to, say, the Tivoli, or the Grand Canal, or the Art Museum and the Rocky statue.