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Idolizing Hemingway

Robert Roper wonders whether or not Ernest Hemingway's death has "eclipsed his work." Elsewhere, Melville House wonders whether or not the FBI had something to do with it. The author's influence is as apparent today as ever before, though perhaps it's not his death that endures, but rather his perceived masculine mystique.
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Scientology Revealed

Janet Reitman, a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, spent five years researching Inside Scientology, which is reviewed here by Brook Wilensky-Lanford for The San Francisco Chronicle. Earlier this year, 'Million Dollar Baby'-screenwriter Paul Haggis spoke with Lawrence Wright of The New Yorker about L. Ron Hubbard's religion.
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Smart Money

Colson Whitehead will be playing in next month's World Series of Poker. He's writing about it for Grantland, Bill Simmons' new ESPN affiliate. He's also accepting sponsorships.
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Treme vs. The World

"American television has been a juvenile medium for most of its existence," David Simon tells Salon. This defense of 'Treme' was published three days after David Thier called the show "deeply boring" in The Atlantic. "There is nothing New Orleans loves so much as New Orleans" Thier says, "but the show can't get past the desire to be authentic." Sarah Broom, during last May's PEN World Voices Festival, said "this 'love of place' is really just from people who are stuck in a lots of ways." But hey, at least the show's attention to detail is admirable.
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‘Dislike’ Button Forthcoming

Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Neil Strauss warns readers about the "insidious evils of 'like' culture." Was he in the audience for Jonathan Franzen's May 21 commencement speech at Kenyon College?
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Three Kafkas Begin the Day

Isotropic Films has begun filming a “fresh, modern horror [film] version” of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. At The New York Review of Books, Mark Harman offers a new translation of the late author's "A Message From the Emperor," which Harman calls "hauntingly oblique." Further away still, Elif Batuman recognizes some Kafkaesque street signage in Turkey.
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A Big Week for the NYPL

Congratulations to the NYPL for restoring $36.7 million of the city's proposed $40 million budget cut. Today also marks the first day of new NYPL president Anthony Marx. (Pro-tip: when you want to skip the wait list for a popular book, reserve the large-print version!)
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What do Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson, and Abu Ghraib have in common?

Picador's digital marketing team put together a playful web series for Wayne Koestenbaum's Humiliation. John Waters has called the book "the funniest, smartest, most heartbreaking yet powerful book I've read in a long time."
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‘Xerox made everybody a publisher.’ – McLuhan

At HTMLGiant, Adam Robinson has compiled an informative review of printers he's used.
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Even the Editors Get Rejected

Perhaps someone should compile a Salon des Refusés of Poetry Magazine's rejected poets.