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    Ancient Vintage, and Other News

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  • At various points, the FBI suspected William Vollmann of being the Unabomber, the anthrax mailer, and a terrorist training with the Afghan mujahideen.
  • “Reviewers have the right to rate a book however they feel like, with absolutely no justification what so ever. Get over it princess.” A young writer accuses Goodreads of a culture of bullying.
  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is a big fan of Victor Hugo.
  • Italian archaeologists are growing grapes with an eye to crafting an ancient-style wine according to techniques described by Virgil.
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    Spoiler Alert: Why We Abandon Books

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    This infographic on “the psychology of abandonment”—that is, why we don’t finish certain books—makes for fun reading. But even more interesting is the Goodreads list of those titles most frequently abandoned. We don’t want to spoil Stieg Larsson for anyone, but let’s just say that those who don’t persevere are missing out on some sexual sadism and computer espionage.

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    Faulkner Nobel on the Block, and Other News

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    Politics, Nerds, Gunpowder

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  • Cormac McCarthy’s notes reveal a recipe for gunpowder and a very different Blood Meridian.
  • Goodreads compares the reading habits of Romney and Obama supporters.
  • J. K. Rowling returns to children’s fiction.
  • “Using adverbs is a mortal sin,” and other rules for writing fiction from prominent writers.
  • Ten essential reads for books nerds.
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