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Monday’s Margins: The Power of Introverts, Nabokov, Writers’ Doubt

“When we as writers doubt our own work, it’s because we realize that it is not yet where we want it to be.”

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Author Strip Searches: Google Keyword Mashup Haiku

We also get more searches about dating a stripper than we can fathom due to an ancient article by Greg Bruns…I thought, why not make haiku combining these searches?

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Monday’s Margins: Sweet Talking The Obese Naked Leaf Peeper

What can a short story do that a novel can’t do? Find out…

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“Working Titles” by Damien Jurado: Song of the Month, February 2012

Damien Jurado’s “Working Titles” is the Identity Theory song of the month for February 2012. The track comes from his new album, Maraqopa. Watch the Seattle, Washington-based singer’s live performance above or listen on Soundcloud.

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The Zen of Steve Jobs

The Zen of Steve Jobs is a brief, creative re-imagining of Jobs’ relationship with the non-traditional San Francisco Zen teacher Kobun Chino Otogawa.

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January/February 2012 Reading List: Chronic City, Matterhorn, and The Obamas

I’m finishing up Lethem’s Chronic City and Hugh Barker/Yuval Taylor’s Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music.

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Monday’s Margins: Sh*t Book Reviewers Say, Jo Nesbø, Jonathan Franzen

“I opened the door to the bite of marijuana and the vision of Strong with his boots unhooked and his pants off, passing a joint to the newest pretty-ish circus woman…”

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Port Huron Statement, Revisited

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) June 15, 1962 Introduction: Agenda for a Generation We are people of this generation, bred in at least modest comfort, housed now in universities, looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit. When we were kids the United States was the wealthiest and strongest country in the world; the only […]

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Further Thoughts on Howard Hawks’ Scarface (and In Praise of Robin Wood)

Howard Hughes Scarface

As Wood noted frequently, genre is largely based on ideology; it’s fostered through popular entertainment and in the film, directly stated by the chief.

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Best Albums of 2011

In 2011 my listening didn’t have much to do with new music that was coming out. The only cds in my car were the works in progress of my friends which have not yet come out officially.

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Lykke Li’s “I Follow Rivers”: Song of the Month, January 2012

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December 2011 Reading List: Turtle Island, Michael Chabon, Percival Everett

Matt Borondy is reading two poetry books: Turtle Island by Gary Snyder and our music editor Anna-Lynne’s new one.

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Monday’s Margins: Remnick on Havel; Christopher Hitchens; Gifts for Writers and Readers

Vaclev Havel has died. David Remnick composed a top-ten reading list of Vaclev Havel and Beyond…

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Black Death, Lost in its Own Darkness

Black Death

As in life, some promises are hard to keep onscreen. This is true in the case of Walter Hill’s cult pic The Warriors.

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Why Can’t Amazon and the Indies Just Get Along?

Amazon riled up the book-reading world again, using a price-checking app promotion to declare war on the brick-and-mortars.

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