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September 8, 2010

Going Bananas Over a Piece of Cake 0

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Ever wonder where the phrase “worth his salt” came from?  How about “spill the beans”?  At The Smithsonian Magazine, Lisa Bramen traces the origins of food-related idioms.  (via.)

September 8, 2010

Product Placement in 19th Century British Novels 2

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A recent survey of 19th century British literature uncovered advertising subtly placed within classic texts by authors like Dickens, Austen, and Thackeray. From Vanity Fair, for example: “‘My sisters say she has diamonds as big as pigeons’ eggs,’ George said, laughing. ‘How they must set off her complexion! Surely she avails herself of Madame A.T. Rowley’s Toilet […]

September 8, 2010

Booker Prize Shortlist Odds 0

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With the Booker Prize shortlist out, the bookies have updated the odds. Tom McCarthy’s C emerges as the new favorite and Peter Carey and Andrea Levy are surprising long shots.

September 8, 2010

Is Big Back? 23

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A mini-boom in big books would seem to complicate our assumptions about the Incredible Shrinking Attention Span.

September 7, 2010

Best Magazine Covers 0

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Amazon invites you to vote for the best magazine covers of the year. (via Kottke)

September 7, 2010

D.H. Lawrence on Trial 0

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Ben Yagoda provides a step-by-step recount of the 1959 British obscenity case over Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and every noted literary name from Graham Greene to Evelyn Waugh to T. S. Eliot who weighed in: “The whole thing was very well stage-managed with a splendid cast.”

September 7, 2010

Death by Bookcase 0

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At the Telegraph, Sir Tom Stoppard briefly explains his desire to be killed by a falling bookcase.

September 7, 2010

In Response to Rejections 0

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At the Electric Literature blog, Judson Merrill responds to his many rejection letters: “If you were that excited about my submission, I’m concerned you may have read it with unfair expectations… I’ve reattached my submission under the new title ‘Eight Pages of Tripe’…”

September 7, 2010

Ten Bloodiest Bedtime Stories 0

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For those of you who ask, like Jacob Lambert, whether picture books are leading our children astray, the Independent posts ten of the bloodiest bedtime stories.

September 7, 2010

Booker Shortlist Has Big Names But No Mitchell 2

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The Booker field narrows, offering a mix of established names and relative unknowns.