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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 […]

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“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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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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How to Separate Fact and Fiction Online – Markham Nolan (TED)

By the end of this 13 minute talk, there will be 864 more hours of video on YouTube and 2.5 million more photos on Facebook and Instagram. So how do we sort through the deluge?

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Privacy in an age of publicity – Jill Lepore

Excerpt from an article by the The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore. A historical perspective of a current issue – privacy, publicity, and (government) surveillance: An extraordinary fuss about eavesdropping started in the spring of 1844, when Giuseppe Mazzini, an Italian exile in London, became convinced that the British government was opening his mail. Mazzini, a […]