Songs That Make Books Better

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Songs That Make Books Better A few months ago I wrote about some pretty general musical moments in fiction, basically because I think there’s a kind of cool connection between hearing a tune in my head while also reading someone else’s interpretation of said tune. I’d go so far as to say that it wouldn’t [….]

Living Long and Prospering: Five Reasons Why Old Sci-Fi Paperbacks Are Awesome

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  Five Reasons Why Old Sci-Fi Paperbacks Are Awesome I was kind of at a loss for something to write this week — until I noticed a stack of paperbacks sitting in the corner of my perpetually messy room. And while I am in no way a true sci-fi aficionado, and my general geek status [….]

Living Long and Prospering: Artscience Sounds Nice, But It’s Totally Lame

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Artscience Sounds Nice, But It’s Totally Lame It’s funny how easy it’s become — not that I assume it was ever too difficult — to separate the word “art” from the traditions, meanings and general contexts within which it’s operated in modern society, not to mention human history as a whole. Not only because we’ve [….]

Living Long and Prospering: Another Reason Why American Insecurity is a Renewable Resource

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Another Reason Why American Insecurity is a Renewable Resource I’m going to take this in a bit of a different direction today — one that, on its surface, isn’t lit-related — so bear with me. While I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed last week, I happened to stumble upon a kind of weird link [….]

Living Long and Prospering: A Response to “How to Read a Racist Book to Your Kids”

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You’ve heard it said that white people are fucking crazy. Having spent 22 years as a member of this decidedly unselective group, I can attest to that. And here’s one thing I’ve learned over the course of my short life: White people tend to get even crazier when they begin discussing the ways in which [….]

Living Long and Prospering: Lady Day and the Prez

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Lady Day and the Prez This week I dug Billie Holiday’s 1956 memoir, Lady Sings the Blues. For some reason I generally don’t go for stuff like this, but — as with Charles Mingus’ autobiography — I had to pick up the book because I figured that someone who spoke so deeply through her music [….]

Living Long and Prospering: On the Recent Immortalization of T.C. Boyle

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  On the Recent Immortalization of T.C. Boyle   I’m halfway through T.C. Boyle’s 2003 novel Drop City right now — and while it might not be a book that many people particularly remember, it’s reminding me of why he remains one of my absolute favorites. Which is pretty good timing, because it was just a few [….]

Living Long and Prospering: Talk to the Media, Speak to the Language

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Talk to the Media, Speak to the Language   You must talk to the media, not to the programmer. To talk to the programmer is like complaining to a hot dog vendor at a ballpark about how badly your favorite team is playing.”                         -Marshall McLuhan   Language is inescapable. The building blocks of communication [….]

Living Long and Prospering: Pynchon Was Right — The Search for Order and Origin in Modern Armed Conflicts

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  I’m in the middle of Thomas Pynchon’s first novel, V, right now — and it’s just as fresh as it was 51 years ago. But I’m not going to talk about that. This week I read a pretty informative piece published in The Economist on April 21, which details the development of new computer [….]