On the Shelf
Come Play with Us, and Other News
October 3, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
“It’s not like Klingon or anything. It is reasonable to believe it once existed. But nobody every wrote it down so we don’t know exactly what ‘it’ really was. Instead, what we know is that there are hundreds of languages that share similarities in syntax and vocabulary, suggesting that they all evolved from a common ancestor.” Here is a story in Proto-Indo-European, a speculative attempt by linguists to re-create the ancient root language.
The Stanley Hotel of Estes Park, Colorado—aka, the inspiration for The Shining—is digging up its pet cemetery to make way for a “wedding and corporate retreat pavilion.” Which, we must say, sounds more lucrative, even if a psychic declares it a bad idea.
Tom Clancy has died, at the age of sixty-six.
Dave Eggers says he’s never heard of the book he allegedly plagiarized.
A new edition of Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book is being officially rereleased in China.