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Infinite Bikini, New Fitzgerald

July 31, 2012 | by

  • Match your bikini to your beach read.
  • A slide show of situationist artist Robert Montgomery’s London street poetry.
  • The New Yorker runs unpublished fiction by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • A visit to Deep Valley.
  • A redditor posts every Harry Potter illustration in a single image.
  • “To have undertaken the thankless task of listing all the books I can recall ever reading gives me extreme pleasure and satisfaction. I know of no author who has been mad enough to attempt this. Perhaps my list will give rise to more confusion—but its purpose is not that. Those who know how to read a man know how to read his books.” Henry Miller on his favorite books.
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    Owls, Hatred, and Blurbese

    May 23, 2012 | by

    Bad for owls

  • The lit-flick streak continues! The Palme d’Or is likely to go to one of several adaptations.
  • As Harry Potter mania fades, hundreds of pet owls are being abandoned across England.
  • How to open a new book.
  • Quiche Lorraine, the comic.
  • Need inspiration? Dial-a-poem!
  • Andrew Ladd decodes Blurbese for the nonreviewer.
  • When less is more: minimalist covers.
  • Cineastes! Help save an endangered film before it’s too late!
  • William Hazlitt, "On the Pleasure of Hating."
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    Thurber Insults and Library Dreams

    March 28, 2012 | by

    A cultural news roundup.

  • Happy seventy-sixth, Mario Vargas Llosa!
  • Muggles get the Harry Potter treatment in Florida. “At Ollivanders, the wand shop, character actors put on a show. With a few dozen people crowded into a room, a bearded wizard proceeds to help a child select a wand. ‘Descendo!’ he cries. Boxes tumble down and the shelves fall apart on cue. It was the wrong wand. ‘Repairo!’ he cries. The shelves put themselves back together. The long-bearded gent eventually gives the girl an Ash wand, ‘an excellent wand for a charismatic, successful wizard.’”
  • You can even read the books!
  • At forty-two, historical novelist Rabee Jaber is the youngest winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
  • On the plus side, James Thurber wrote back to his fans. “One of the things that discourage us writers is the fact that 90 per cent of you children write wholly, or partly, illiterate letters, carelessly typed. You yourself write ‘clarr’ for ‘class’ and that’s a honey, Robert, since s is next to a, and r is on the line above.”
  • An ode to the thesaurus.
  • How about a little fancy-library porn? (This Johns Hopkins professor totally beats Lagerfeld in the library stakes.)
  • Book origami.
  • Henry James is the most-studied writer.
  • Did it really take this long to make an Art of War graphic novel?
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    On the Shelf

    November 2, 2011 | by

    A cultural news roundup.

  • The International literary community rallies around an imprisoned Turkish publisher and activist.
  • Steve Jobs tops the best-seller list.
  • Rebecca ... the musical!
  • Heart of Darkness ... the opera!
  • Blue Nights ... the movie!
  • Lisbeth Salander ... the clothing line?
  • Salman Rushdie on Kim Kardashian. On Twitter. In limerick.
  • Speaking of strange bedfellows: Groucho Marx and T. S. Eliot.
  • J. K. Rowling considered killing off Ron “out of sheer spite.”
  • Speaking of spite, Didion vs. Kael.
  • Awesome people reading.
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    On the Shelf

    October 5, 2011 | by

    Hans Christian Andersen.

    A cultural news roundup.

  • Odds on the Nobel?
  • Harry Potter takes his show on the road.
  • But not his e-book.
  • The trouble with Amazon.
  • Bad news for independent bookstores.
  • And chain bookstores.
  • In praise of the Farmers’ Almanac.
  • Hans Christian Andersen to be buried, again.
  • Volume 12 of  Selected Works of Kim Jong-il hits the shelves.
  • “That American culture could bring forth so relentless a critic is perhaps one of the reasons to still think well of it.”
  • A visit to southeast London.
  • Advice for students: “To get an education, you’re probably going to have to fight against the institution that you find yourself in—no matter how prestigious it may be. (In fact, the more prestigious the school, the more you’ll probably have to push.) You can get a terrific education in America now—there are astonishing opportunities at almost every college—but the education will not be presented to you wrapped and bowed. To get it, you’ll need to struggle and strive, to be strong, and occasionally even to piss off some admirable people.”
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    On the Shelf

    August 31, 2011 | by

    A cultural news roundup.

  • Novelist and poet Susan Fromberg Schaeffer has died at seventy-one.
  • Ruth Rendell speaks out on health cuts.
  • Snape, the dark-horse winner of a Harry Potter popularity contest. This is controversial.
  • What to read when you’re sick.
  • P. G. Wodehouse: the movie.
  • Javier Cercas: “I respect music too much—if I write I write, if I listen I listen.”
  • Tweeting from beyond the grave?
  • Samples of Obama’s summer reading.
  • The most-wanted out-of-print title? Madonna’s Sex.
  • The first Kashmir Book Festival has been canceled amid fears of violence.
  • She Loves You: the Beatles and pronoun use.
  • A. S. Byatt: “I am a profound pessimist both about life and about human relations and about politics and ecology. Humans are inadequate and stupid creatures who sooner or later make a mess, and those who are trying to do good do a lot more damage than those who are muddling along.”
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