Curiosities: Thug, Libidinal, Linoleum, Limn
The Tournament of Books rolls along with a few first round upsets (Congratulations, Sarvas!), but the highlight thus far might be a glimpse of Junot Díaz’s one-of-kind victor’s shirt from last year. Meanwhile,
Stop Smiling offers up a Díaz interview.
John Leonard’s son compiles a concordance to his father’s vigorous criticism, in which “thug,” “libidinal,” and “linoleum” make the top 10. The
breathless inventorying of Roberto Bolaño’s posthumous papers continues. Our friend
Eliza Barclay reports from the Andes, finding little cause for optimism.
Victor Lavalle becomes the most recent essayist spurred to eloquence by the Obama inauguration. Also from the
Atlantic, Hitchens and Marx: On again?
James Wood and Claire Messud get grilled – sort of – by The Harvard Crimson: he’s the chef, she does laundry. The people who put
William Kristol on payroll show themselves capable of good judgment. Congratulations, Ross Douthat!
Wikipedia find of the week: beghilos (aka calculator spelling)
Audrey Niffeneger is not feeling the recession. The NYT says $5 mil for follow-up. The Time Traveler’s Wife
NPR explores the doodles of powerful people.
CAAF spends some time with the and Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus pauses on “limn.”
Clay Shirky elucidates, perhaps better than most media pundits have, why newspapers need to be “ thinking the unthinkable.”