Monthly Archives: August 2011

Jeanne Jugan!

BTW you guys, yesterday was St Jeanne Jugan’s feast day. Here’s what I posted on facebook: Happy feast of Saint Jeanne Jugan! Canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009, St Jeanne Jugan was the foundress of the order of the … Continue reading

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Flannery O’Connor on Ayn Rand (via Caelum Et Terra)

I love this so much. Oh man. You know how much I love Flannery O’Connor. I probably haven’t mentioned how much I dislike Ayn Rand. This is so great. "I hope you don't have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to … Continue reading

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“I strongly advise people not to read literature in translation.”

The above is a comment by Jay Rubin, best known for his translations of Haruki Murakami. Here he is being interviewed for a New Yorker podcast. The problem of the untranslatable looms large in my mind, especially as my literary … Continue reading

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Presidential Fiction: Obama’s Reading List

I missed the news that President Obama’s summer reading list had been released. Of course, I wasn’t exactly waiting for its contents to hit the wire, and his choices won’t affect my TBR list at all. This list has stirred … Continue reading

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Alfred Hitchcock in Verse

Peter Swanson is a poet with an ambitious project: A sonnet for each of Alfred Hitchcock’s feature films. I love Hitchcock, I love poetry. This is great, you guys. Now I don’t know what he’s written so far, but I … Continue reading

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Google Borges Doodle Explained

Making sense of the Borges Google doodle: — Penguin Classics (@PenguinClassics) August 25, 2011 YouTube animation of yesterday's Borges Google doodle! — Penguin Classics (@PenguinClassics) August 25, 2011

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QOTD: Bibliophilia and Our Sinking Funds

“He has no secret vices, but he is totally abandoned in the way he buys book after book, never to read a single one. I wouldn’t mind if he used his head and bought in moderation, but no. Whenever the … Continue reading

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When You Don’t Just Want to Dissect a Gorilla*

As much as I hate its use in pernicious propaganda, I love the use of euphemism in clumsy PR moves. Here’s the headline: UK and the Louisville Zoo Collaborate on Gorilla Anatomy Atlas Fine. “Gorilla Anatomy Atlas” is a great … Continue reading

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Design Shirt, Take Home Loot!

Calling all book lovers! Win free swag and pride by helping design the next BWB tee! — Better World Books (@BWBooks) August 24, 2011

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Congratulations Mark Shea!

You say so many things! I really have been continually impressed not only with Mark’s ability to write at such great length on a number of topics, but also with how much (I haven’t read all of it, so I … Continue reading

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