Monthly Archives: November 2011

Nerd Do Well, by Simon Pegg

Nerd Do Well, Simon Pegg. Century, 2010. 368 pages. “It was never my intention to write an autobiography. The very notion made me uneasy. You see them congesting the bookshop shelves at Christmas. Rows of needy smiles, sad clowns and … Continue reading

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Bill McKibben on Colbert

Bill McKibben was on Colbert Monday. I admittedly have only read one McKibben book, but it was among my favorite assigned reading in college. (The book was Deep Economy, wherein McKibben rethinks utilitarianism in a profoundly humanistic way and addresses … Continue reading

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Three Minute Fiction: Congratulations Chris Westberg!

The winner of Round Seven of Three Minute Fiction was announced this evening. Three Minute Fiction is that occasional writing contest run by NPR, the name derived from its principle challenge: write an original piece of fiction that can be … Continue reading

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Michael Pollan and the Same ol’ Thing

I feel bad for Michael Pollan. From In Defense of Food to Food Rules to Food Rules: Now With Illustrations; it seems like he’s realized people don’t read books and he’s having to break his message down into the least … Continue reading

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The Dance of Starlings

Starlings in Winter by Mary Oliver Chunky and noisy, but with stars in their black feathers, they spring from the telephone wire and instantly they are acrobats in the freezing wind. And now, in the theater of air, they swing … Continue reading

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Tolkien’s Image of Middle Earth

I stumbled across a batch of illustrations the other day, which I gather will be released (with others) in a book in honor of the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit. Tolkien’s precision comes through in his illustrations … Continue reading

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