The Daily

On the Shelf

Kafkaesque Toilet Paper, and Other News

August 15, 2013 | by

kafkabearlarge

  • Kafka cameos in a Charmin toilet paper commercial; one of those incontinent bears is a fan, apparently.
  • “But if the sort of world that I am afraid of arrives, a world of two or three great superstates which are unable to conquer one another, two and two could become five if the Führer wished it. That, so far as I can see, is the direction in which we are actually moving, though, of course, the process is reversible.” In a 1944 letter, George Orwell explains his reasons for writing 1984
  • The literally question is, in fact, more complicated than it seems; its misuse (this is known as a contronym) has been going on for centuries.
  • Pioneering Swedish crime writer Maj Sjöwall says contemporary Scandinavian thrillers are are “not about police work and crime, but very much about love and relationships—like girls’ books.”
  •  

    NO COMMENTS

    Leave a Comment

    if (typeof(addthis_share) == "undefined"){ addthis_share = {"passthrough":{"twitter":{"via":""}}};} var addthis_config = {"data_track_clickback":true,"data_ga_property":"","data_ga_social":true,"data_track_addressbar":false,"ui_atversion":"300","ui_header_background":"","ui_header_color":"","ui_cobrand":""}; addthis_config.ignore_server_config = true;