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‘American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville,’ by Bernard-Henri Lévy - The New York Times Book Review - New York Times

Monday January 30th 2006, 7:02 pm

‘American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville,’ by Bernard-Henri Lévy - The New York Times Book Review - New York Times

Any American with a big urge to write a book explaining France to the French should read this book first, to get a sense of the hazards involved. Bernard-Henri Lévy is a French […]





Wait, poetry’s dying? Naw…

Monday January 30th 2006, 5:53 pm

Poetry? It’ll soon be about as popular as morris dancing
Subjects: poetry





My first and last post on James Frey

Sunday January 29th 2006, 4:43 pm

“Arthur Freeman is reported to have said of memoirists that they are men who have too little imagination to write fiction and too bad a memory to write the truth.”
- Vladimir Nabokov
“Time and Ebb”

Subjects: frey, memoir





Not Just Another Column About Blogging - What newspaper history says about newspaper future. By Jack Shafer

Saturday January 28th 2006, 5:40 pm

Not Just Another Column About Blogging - What newspaper history says about newspaper future. By Jack Shafer
Subjects: journalism, blogging





The Ledge

Saturday January 28th 2006, 5:17 pm

Just read the most remarkable short story, The Ledge by Austin Bunn.
Here’s an excerpt:

And then a cry came from the rigging. Diego, swung up in the web of mainsail rope, yelled a shapeless sound and pointed frantically off the side of the ship. At port, two iridescent coils the height of three men, arched across […]





Is poetry the new prozac?

Friday January 27th 2006, 2:30 pm

Independent Online Edition >Is poetry the new prozac?
Subjects: science, poetry





Russia plans mine on the moon by 2020

Thursday January 26th 2006, 9:37 am

It was inevitable that space would really be explored for the purposes of industry, not science.
Russia plans mine on the moon by 2020

We are planning to build a permanent base on the moon by 2015 and by 2020 we can begin the industrial-scale delivery… of the rare isotope Helium-3,” Nikolai Sevastyanov, head of the Energia […]





Bernard-Henri Lévy’s American Vertigo - If only he’d taken on the culture war. By Franklin Foer and Alan Wolfe

Wednesday January 25th 2006, 2:55 pm

Bernard-Henri Lévy’s American Vertigo - If only he’d taken on the culture war. By Franklin Foer and Alan Wolfe
What does a French philospher have to tell us about America?

Subjects: politics, philosophy





The Novelist Walks - Why did Turkey drop the charges against Orhan Pamuk? By Hugh Eakin

Tuesday January 24th 2006, 11:01 pm

The Novelist Walks - Why did Turkey drop the charges against Orhan Pamuk? By Hugh Eakin
Subjects: politics, literature





What happens when there’s DRM on everything?

Tuesday January 24th 2006, 10:59 pm

tarmle: Burnoff: Part 1 - The Bad Guys Win

Physical bookshops are a novelty now; they only sell works that are in the public domain, and only to a few die-hard paper enthusiasts. Their prices rise steadily as demand drops and the printing and binding industry falters. Tightened regulation has made it illegal to sell second […]





 
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