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Suicide Notes, Mick Jagger, and Other News

June 3, 2013 | by


  • “The suicide note—and I’m being deadly earnest—is moving, strange, harrowing and peculiar literature … People’s interest in them is almost pornographic.” Hence, a class on the art of the missive.
  • “After you have spent five or six years on a novel, you can’t abandon the project without risking a nervous breakdown.” After twelve years since publishing a story, Akhil Sharma talks to Page Turner. 
  • Mick Jagger says his autobiography would be boring, and besides, everyone knows everything.
  • Take this spelling bee test, and tremble.
  • (The winning word, by the way, was predictably controversial.)
  • Can there be too many pictures of nifty book rooms? There cannot. Above, the Library Lounge in Zurich.



    1. Shelley | June 3, 2013 at 11:08 am

      The suicide article is worth reading if only for the phrase: “a particularly nauseating philosophy of self-help.”

      But I hope the teacher says, at some point in that class: don’t do it.

      You never know.

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