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Literary Sneakers, and Other News

June 13, 2014 | by


Because books and footwear belong together. Photo: Courtesy of New Balance

  • Donald Hall, who published poems in our first issue, has taken to the Concord Monitor to excoriate a senator in verse: “Get out of town, / You featherheaded carpetbagging Wall St. clown, / Scott Brown!”
  • Today in crass commodification: New Balance is releasing a series of shoes based on great American lit. “No one captures the essence, spirit, and the American experience better than American authors and the stories they have told throughout history. For the Made in USA Authors Collections, we pay homage to great American authors by building a collection inspired by their stories and moments.” The shoes are three hundred dollars a pair and “aren’t specifically tied to an author’s name.”
  • The history of the professional executioner is a chronicle of perfecting the choreography of death. It’s a story of exacting skill and the never-ending search for a more efficient means to enact (and contain) the spectacle of death.”
  • Bob Silvers talks to The Guardian about the New York Review of Books, which is to be the subject of a new documentary by Martin Scorsese.
  • No plans this weekend? Paint your actuary! “It might seem strange that an artist would lavish such care on the nuts and bolts of something so mundane, like a poet writing couplets about a corporate expense report. But … accounting paintings were a significant genre in Dutch art.”



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  1. Winter | June 13, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I find the ad campaign quite odd! In particular, the part where they said;
    [the shoes] “aren’t specifically tied to an author’s name.” Then how can you say that the shoe shall be inspired by literary Authors? Its soo incredible vague and grasping for straws. It is the same as saying; ” we will design shoes after vegitables,” and all the shoes are died green….

    It would make more sense if they did design shoes more tailored to lit authors and their most famous works or genre style. For example, Mark Twain and his Hucklberry character could inspire rugged outdoor terrain shoes. Hawthorne could inspire sleek, simple, well craft but modest shoes. Jules Vern would inspire adventures and daring styles. The list could go on… Especially if your coughing up $300 per pair, it better reflect something worth my while!

  2. Winter | June 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Edit… Dyed Green*

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