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July 11, 2011

Have Eyes, Will Write 0

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You’ve read Elif Batuman’s dissertation on the double-entry book-keeping of novelists (pdf), but now your “debit” balance is low. (Whose isn’t these days?) Enter Sheila Heti and Misha Glouberman. They can document your very essence. The Paris Review has an excerpt from The Chairs Are Where the People Go.

July 11, 2011

Offshore Seinfeld 0

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One Indian call center’s “culture training” involves the study of Seinfeld episodes, writes Andrew Marantz. Hopefully they don’t screen the Harold Pinter-inspired episode, “The Betrayal.” Meanwhile, Joshua Kurp  has located most of George’s ex-girlfriends.

July 11, 2011

The Agony and the Agony: Suzanne Rivecca’s Death is Not an Option 1

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Something has gone terribly wrong.

July 10, 2011

‘There is no sincerer love than the love of food’ – Shaw 1

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Lapham’s Quarterly has released their Summer 2011 issue. Its topic? Food. They’ve even compiled the issue’s entire bibliography in case you’re interested.

July 10, 2011

Patty and Walter, anyone? 0

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In The New York Times Magazine, Heather Havrilesky cautions against “The Divorce Delusion,” or one of modern drama’s most unrealistic tropes. “Infidelity, a love child (or two), dalliances with prostitutes, lewd online behavior; we’ve watched so many spouses bounce back from hell,” she writes, “that maybe we’re beginning to believe that there’s no trauma so great […]

July 9, 2011

Africa’s 54th State 0

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The Republic of South Sudan has declared independence. Just three years ago, Dave Eggers published Out of Exile: Narratives from the Abducted and Displaced People of Sudan (Voice of Witness). The Guardian has an excerpt. A year later, Jamal Mahjoub foresaw the secessionist fervor south of Darfur.

July 8, 2011

Why Pick One? 1

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Does what you read affect your sex life? Does it help you come of age? Is it therapeutic?

July 8, 2011

The Sampling Deadlock 0

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Legally sampling songs on a hit record is astoundingly expensive. As Kembrew McLeod and Peter DiCola note in Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Licensing, the Beastie Boys would have lost $19.8 million dollars because of Paul’s Boutique. (via BoingBoing)

July 8, 2011

The Art and Science of Collaboration 8

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When someone reads your rough draft, it’s like letting them see you half-dressed.  It’s about arriving at a level of intellectual comfort – or having faith in the process.  In a successful collaboration, both people feel like they did less than half the work.

July 8, 2011

Eye of the Beholder: Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life 23

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Critical reaction to Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life has been decidedly garrulous.  A vast majority of reviewers have invoked some kind of “higher” culture to signify the elusive mood or feeling it evokes.