“Why Read the Classics?” – Italo Calvino

“Why Read the Classics?”, an essay by Italo Calvino, in which he provides 14 reasons why classic literature matters.  In this excerpt he explains why old books are still relevant “overwhelmed as we are by the avalanche of current events”: At this point I can no longer put off the vital problem of how to relate the […]


The New Yorker / Running Novelist

About a week ago, The New Yorker started opening its archives for free reading over the summer. This Slate guide gives a quick list of some of the top stories over the past several years. After this ‘grace period’ these articles will only be available with a paid subscription. Here is an excerpt from one of […]


“Cookies” – Douglas Adams

This actually did happen to a real person, and the real person is me. I had gone to catch a train, This was April 1976, in Cambridge, U.K. I was about twenty minutes early. I’d got the time of the train wrong. I suppose it is at least equally possible,” he added after a moment’s reflection, “that British Rail […]

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Steinbeck’s BDay

For John Steinbeck’s 112th birthday, here are nine Steinbeck quotes about writing, living, and individualism: 1. In every bit of honest writing in the world … there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly […]


Works in Typography – Bob Farber

The late Bob Farber was a well known and award winning Art Director in the fields of advertising and typographical design in the ’60s, 70s, and 80s.  Some of his best known work appeared in a quarterly publication called U&lc (Upper & Lower Case) that had an international subscriber base exceeding 250,000. Here is some information about […]

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Ring Images – Robert Mangold

Minimalist art with an architectural bent. Or as Wikipedia describes:  “simple elements which are put together through complex means”. more Robert Mangold: WikiPaintings Lisson Gallery Saatchi Gallery h/t  

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Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley – David Foster Wallace

Part of the collection “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again“, I recently read David Wallace’s essay “Derivative Sport in Tornado Alley”. The essay was a perfect complement to my trip back to the midwest: When I left my boxed township of Illinois farmland to attend my dad’s alma mater in the lurid jutting […]


Predictably Demoralizing – Could you get into high school… in 1912?

From Bullit County History Museum a high-school entrance exam that should humble us modern folk. My personal favorite is History #2. Read the full description here. And of course, take the exam: Thanks to: The Paris Review


Sale of The Washington Post

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, recently acquired the Washington Post, one of the oldest American newspapers in circulation. The Post was founded in 1877, and was Washington DC’s first newspaper to publish seven days a week (even on Sundays). Today, news circulates unceasingly, and is quickly transitioning from print to online. Jeff Bezos understands this […]