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February 6, 2012

The New New Inquiry 0

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The New Inquiry‘s updated site launched over the weekend, and it’s currently undergoing a live beta test. They’ve also just unveiled a bumper crop of new bloggers. One of the site’s interesting features is that all of its content is available for sharing and remixing under a creative commons license.

February 6, 2012

T. S. Eliot: Proud Banker 0

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Many aspiring writers wind up in publishing jobs or teaching posts. Some view the career choice as a happy union between their creative interests and their vocational qualifications. T. S. Eliot was not so. In an article for The Rumpus, Lisa Levy notes that the poet continued “to work at the bank even after his […]

February 6, 2012

Bookstore Chronicles: Switch Comedies, Fake Words, Loose Adaptations 2

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I went to the theater with my girlfriend Margie. We bought tickets to see The Firm and sat in the last row making out the whole time. I was trying to do what they say can never be done — go home again or recapture the past.

February 5, 2012

Writing for Tumblr 0

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On Friday, Tumblr rolled out its new “highlighted post” feature. The move is a new way to monetize the site’s content, but it’s not the only new initiative taken up by the site. As of last week, two writers have been hired by the Tumblr staff to document, well, Tumblr. (And speaking of all of […]

February 5, 2012

Depression Books 0

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Journalist and author Simon Winchester highlights five books “that shed light on the social history of his adopted homeland, from the late 19th century to the Great Depression.” We’re pleased to see Millions Hall-of-Famer Stoner make the cut.

February 5, 2012

A Heartbreaking Playlist of Staggering Sadness 0

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Emma Straub’s super sad true Year In Reading entry had our eyes welling up just from its synopses, but now Ms. Straub’s put together an extremely sad playlist to keep you depressed through all of February.

February 5, 2012

Yea, As If They Know What They’re Doing 0

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Here are some writing tips from Henry Miller, George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, and Neil Gaiman.

February 5, 2012

Nothing if Not Consistent 0

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Fans of Moby-Dick should read Nathaniel Philbrick’s outstanding historical account In the Heart of the Sea. The book, which tracks the fate of The Essex, a New England whaling vessel sunk by a humongous sperm whale in the South Pacific, is vivid and harrowing. It’s also, as it turns out, only one of the naval […]

February 4, 2012

For the Grammarians 0

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Who or whom? Which or that? Jon Gingerich has helpfully assembled a list of “20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes.”

February 4, 2012

“Rainbow Potato Day” Has a Nice Ring 0

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Gaia, Pale Blue Dot, Lonely Planet, etc… It’s time for a new addition to Earth’s list of aliases: the rainbow potato. A new map of our planet’s gravity field reveals the variations in gravitational pull depending on your geographic location.