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Date:2014-02-11 19:19
Subject:landscapes and letters

I love this landscape alphabet on display at the British Museum's website. (link via lines and colors).

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Date:2013-12-31 21:35
Subject:favorite books of 2013

Here's the list of the things I enjoyed reading or rereading the most this year. As always, I'd love to hear book recommendations from all of you. Happy New Year to everyone!
1.The Man in the High Castle (reread)--Philip K. Dick
2.Hamlet(reread)--William Shakespeare
3.Romeo and Juliet(reread)--William Shakespeare
4.Bel Ami--Guy de Maupassant
5.Glinda of Oz (reread)--L. Frank Baum
6.The First Twenty Hours: How to Learn Anything...Fast--Joshua Kaufman
7.The Subjection of Women--John Stuart Mill
8.Nothing Man--Marc Lowe
9.The Hungry Stones--Rabindranath Tagore
10.Status Anxiety--Alain de Botton

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Date:2013-10-27 13:24
Subject:Magic and Loss
Mood: sad

I'm very sad and melancholy over the death of Lou Reed. He was a hero of mine; his lyrics were profound and his vocals and guitar were amazing. I listened countless times to albums such as New York, Berlin, Songs for Drella, and Legendary Hearts. Another favorite was Magic and Loss, a concept album that dealt with mortality in a way that was incredibly moving and cathartic. He was one of rock music's greatest poets, and he will be greatly missed.

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Date:2013-10-03 23:09
Subject:yet another book list

I have a huge weakness for book lists, so I couldn't resist checking out David Bowie's 100 Favorite Books(link via Open Culture)

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Date:2013-08-31 06:27
Subject:Seamus Heaney

Sadly, the poet Seamus Heaney recently passed away; there's a nice tribute to him in the Guardian by Colm Toibin.(cross posted to irish_lit)

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Date:2013-06-29 21:10
Subject:music discovery
Mood: hot

It got to 100 degrees Fahrenheit in my apartment today. I hate summer.
But on to a nicer subject--I'm curious what streaming music/music discovery sites, if any, everyone uses. I've dabbled with a bunch, but haven't found one I'm completely happy with.

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Date:2013-06-07 04:49
Subject:spreadsheet art

This is rather cool: an artist named Tatsuo Horiuchi has figured out a way to make some pretty art using Microsoft Excel. (link via kottke).

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Date:2013-05-19 14:10
Subject:Murakami translation
Mood: cheerful

According to the NY Daily News, Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel will be co-translating Haruki Murakami's latest novel “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” and it may be out as soon as 2014. You can read the article here.

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Date:2013-05-12 13:47
Subject:Nothing Man

I'm very excited that my friend Marc Lowe has a new e-book out entitled Nothing Man. If you like neo noir stories that are dark, surreal, and Kafkaesque, check it out!

ETA: Marc's book is now available in the iBook store as well. :)

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Date:2013-01-08 01:39
Subject:New David Bowie music!

I was excited to read that David Bowie has a new single out, and a new album coming out in March. Here are some details from his web site and here's an article on Yahoo that gives a few more details.

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Date:2013-01-06 16:24
Subject:public domain books

The Public Domain Review has profiles on several writers whose works will be entering the public domain this year, including authors such as Bruno Schulz, Stefan Zweig, Robert Musil and Lucy Maud Montgomery (link via the millions)

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Date:2013-01-06 16:14
Subject:books read in 2012

A list of everything I read in 2012. Several of the books and/or authors were recommended to me by members of my friends list, for which I'm quite grateful. :)
book list for 2012Collapse )

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Date:2012-12-31 06:12
Subject:favorite books of 2012

Here's a list of my ten favorite books that I read or reread in 2012. I'd love to hear about the books that everyone else enjoyed. :)
I hope you all have a great New Year!

1. Macbeth(reread) --William Shakespeare
2. A Scanner Darkly(reread)--Philip K Dick
3. The Art of Travel--Alain de Botton
4. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake--Aimee Bender
5. 1Q84--Haruki Murakami
6. The Song of Achilles--Madeline Miller
7. How Proust Can Change Your Life--Alain de Botton
8. A Visit from the Goon Squad--Jennifer Egan
9. A Brief History of Montmaray--Michelle Coooper
10. Other Spaces, Other Times--Robert Silverberg

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Date:2012-12-22 12:18
Subject:Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. :)

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Date:2012-12-06 18:47

I spent a lot of time today at Small Demons, a site that cross-indexes references to people, places, or things (such as music, films, books, brands, TV shows, etc.) There are a lot of interesting things you can do with this site; you can look up all the references in books by your favorite authors (the Haruki Murakami page is here), you can find all the books in their database that refer to your favorite musician or actor, or you can get an idea of what people or things have had the most cultural impact. It's a great site to explore.

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Date:2012-10-01 20:38

Poll #1869995 libraries vs. book stores

Which do you prefer?

book stores
can't decide or no preference

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Date:2012-09-05 16:30

I've enjoyed reading the blog Letters of Note via RSS for some time, but I've only just now discovered its sister site, Lists of Note, which is equally fascinating. Recent posts have included lists written by Julia Child, Albert Einstein, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, but some of my favorite lists are in older posts such as this list on types of books taken from Calvino's If on a Winter's Night, A Traveler, this list of Hemingway's favorite books , David Foster Wallace's word lists and James Dean's cat care instructions.

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Date:2012-08-31 19:45
Subject:The Song of Achilles

I recently finished reading The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller. I'm always interested in books based on mythology, and since a few of my friends recommended it, I decided to check it out. It's the story of Achilles from his youth through the events of the Trojan War, narrated by his friend and lover Patroclus. I suspect most people are familiar with the myth, but just in case, lots of major spoilersCollapse )

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Date:2012-08-26 09:51
Subject:Neil Armstrong

I'm very sad that Neil Armstrong has passed away. The Los Angeles Times has a tribute here.

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Date:2012-07-03 18:28
Subject:art by writers

Salon magazine has a nice article on writers and poets who were also artists showcasing artwork by Sylvia Plath, Lewis Carroll, E.E. Cummings, Jack Kerouac, Rudyard Kipling, Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, H.G. Wells, and more.

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