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Perfect Paul

March 5, 2015 | by

Our ongoing quest to personify the weather.

Arthur Rackham, 1912.

As I write this, the ominously named Winter Storm Thor is bringing his hammer down on the tristate area. Thor is pelting. Thor is dumping. Thor is lashing, coating, and causing havoc. He has an image problem, as all storms do, these days. Led by the heedless call of the Weather Channel, the media has depicted Thor—like Juno, Neptune, and others before him—as a creature of blind wrath, fueled by an amoral, motiveless lust for destruction. If you believe in the banality of evil, then Winter Storm Thor belongs with Eichmann and Iago in your rogues’ gallery.

The Weather Channel has named winter storms since 2012, as part of a dumb and widely impugned media strategy that sensationalizes the weather in a shameless bid for more clicks. “The previous model was: How does weather affect you?” Neil Katz, who runs Weather.com, told The New Republic last year. “Now we’re really asking: How does weather affect everything in the world?” By becoming the very embodiment of vengeance, is one answer. Read More »

Martin Amis Owes Everything to His “Wicked Stepmother,” and Other News

January 6, 2014 | by

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Photography: Maximilian Schönherr, via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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The News You Have Been Waiting For

December 4, 2013 | by

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is being adapted for the screen. No word on who will get the plum role of Jenny in “The Green Ribbon.”

 

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Parks and Prejudice, and Other News

July 11, 2013 | by

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  • This speaks for itself: Pride and Prejudice mashed up with Parks and Recreation.
  • Take this (anonymous) survey: What books do you pretend to have read?
  • Shockingly, famously gregarious joiner J. D. Salinger was no fan of book clubs.
  • Speaking of! The Catcher in the Rye and twenty-seven other books that Buzzfeed deems red flags.
  • Windsor Castle is seeking “an exceptional scholar and bibliophile” to manage the Royal Library.
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    Joyce Carol Oates Gives Questionable Advice, and Other News

    June 6, 2013 | by

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    • “If you want to get the news from poems, you’ve come to the right place.” That would be the Boston Review
    • So much for reading being its own reward. This principal eats worms when his students meet reading goals.
    • Mandarin: a language uniquely well-suited to punning.
    • First-edition book clubs are, apparently, a thing. In the words of one friend, “We live in a sad and awesome time.”
    • “As an author with a half century of literary success behind me, I can assure you the only way to make it in this industry is to meet as many publishers as you possibly can and then fuck them.” Joyce Carol Oates, meet The Onion

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    Celestial Homework, and Other News

    May 22, 2013 | by

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    • This is Allen Ginsberg’s reading list for his class “Literary History of the Beats.” (Yes, he is on it.)
    • RIP children’s author Bernard Waber, who brought us Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.
    • Australias Qantas Airlines is introducing a series of novels, Stories for Every Journey, designed to last the duration of each flight. (Well, not every journey; this seems to be specifically aimed at the “Bronze to Platinum One” customers.)
    • “‘Let me use your reading material as an impetus for awkward conversation’ is a time-honored tactic of creepers the world over.” A plea to be left in peace. [Editor’s note: That said, being randomly asked, in a Left Bank branch of Paul bakery, if I was reading “a novel of old Paris” remains one of the highlights of my life.]

     

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