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February 15, 2012

3-D That’s Believable 0

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To promote the release of the 3-disc Blu-ray release of Lady and the Tramp, Disney’s put together a promo in which two real-life dogs reenact the movie’s most famous scene.

February 15, 2012

The Perils of Bookselling 0

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Which “CEO of embattled bookstore chain” profile piece is more your style, this one on James Daunt of Waterstones, or this one on William J. Lynch, Jr. of Barnes & Noble?

February 15, 2012

Dalí’s Secret Word 1

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Salvador Dalí appeared on an episode of the 1950s-1960s-era game show “What’s My Line?”. (via)

February 15, 2012

On Getting Paid: Literary Magazines and Remuneration 42

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The economy of literary magazines appears to be a closed system. Money is tight, payment is low, and subscriptions and institutional support appear to be the final hope for sustenance. Does it have to be that way?

February 14, 2012

Sometimes It’s Obvious 0

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Why They’re Single is a “tribute site to excellence and failure in online dating.” And what better date for it to go live than on Valentine’s Day? (Related: OK Stupid: The Horrors of OK Cupid.com)

February 14, 2012

Give Your Thumbs a Rest 0

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Texting as art (well, picture-messaging).

February 14, 2012

Special Effects: Gone with the Wind and Genre Difficulties 5

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If the takeaway from this essay is that Gone with the Wind lacks the status of an epic romance — that it is, in fact, nothing but a love story with two rather bratty protagonists — my wife is not going to be happy with me.

February 14, 2012

Doomed Love on Valentine’s Day 0

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Valentine’s Day may be all about happy couples, but the most memorable love stories in literature are tales of doom, from Oedipus to Romeo and Juliet to the many dysfunctional partnerships that populate contemporary literature. The Guardian offers a literary lovers’ quiz for the lovelorn.

February 14, 2012

Facebook Overload 0

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Pamela Paul’s recent New York Times piece on the “permanent reunion” Facebook has trapped us in and an 18-year-old’s op-ed in the New York Post about why the shallow connections of Facebook led him to quit, have me feeling queasy about checking my timeline. So, I’m re-reading Edan Lepucki’s essay about taking a social media […]

February 14, 2012

Tuesday New Release Day: Hassman, Taylor, Nooteboom, Powell 0

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New this week: Tupelo Hassman’s debut Girlchild, a pair of novels — Angel and A Game of Hide and Seek — by Elizabeth Taylor (not the actress) from NYRB Classics featuring introductions by Hilary Mantel and Caleb Crain, Self-Portrait of an Other, prose poems by Cees Nooteboom, and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys, […]