Monthly Archives: March 2011

Amy Sedaris Can Be So Nasty

Along with pithy book reviews and commentary on the New York literary scene, writer Bill Ryan posts cleverly insulting book dedications that he elicits from his literary heroes on his wildly funny blog Insulted By Authors. Be forewarned, the language … Continue reading

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Who Needs Postcards ?

Artist Bryan Lee Madden has been creating some amazing cityscapes and scenes on pocket Etch-a-Sketch models for the last two years:

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Tolkien vs Sendak (round 1)

  Would you like to see an edition of The Hobbit illustrated by artist Maurice Sendak of Where the Wild Things Are fame ? Well, you can’t. It almost happened, but didn’t, and all because that notorious curmudgeon J.R.R. Tolkien … Continue reading

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Before Treasure Island

Nearly 135 years after it was begun, the abandoned first novel by Robert Louis Stevenson has been discovered. The incomplete book, titled The Hair Trunk or The Ideal Commonwealth, was discovered by literary sleuth and Stevenson scholar Michel Le Bris. … Continue reading

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Sunday, Why So Random (again)


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Where’s the Next Pop-up Restaurant ?

Beginning this April 1st, a clever pair of pop-up restaurants  commissioned by Electrolux, the Swedish appliance company, will appear around Europe briefly perching on iconic monuments, buildings and mountains. The restaurant “Cubes”, designed by Italian architects Park Associati, feature laser-cut … Continue reading

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Reading Group Guides : Top 25 Picks

From December 2010 through mid-February 2011, the Reading Group Guides, an online community for book clubs, surveyed reading groups on their month to month picks for 2010. Based on thousands of responses they came up with a “Top 25 Most … Continue reading

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Aakash Nihalani is not Banksy

hat-tip to Seth Carmichael, publisher of tasj magazine for this post: Aakash Nihalani is fast becoming recognized as one of the US’s most striking emerging installation artists. Celebrated for his ephemeral modifications of the urban landscape throughout the US and … Continue reading

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New Zealand Is Not Erewhon

Today’s guest post is by New Zealand travel writer Pam Neville. The article is in support of Blog4NZ, which is a grassroots blogging and social media effort to support New Zealand travel in the wake of the horrific earthquake in … Continue reading

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Barcelona’s Inventive Museum

The Museu d’Idees i Invents de Barcelona (Museum of Ideas and Invention), or miBa to its close friends, opens its doors to the general public tomorrow, March 23rd. Brainchild of Catalan inventor, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Pepe Torres, the miBa … Continue reading

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