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Recommendations for 03/25/2012

Lots of words for you all this time— both mine and other people’s. Song: “Lay Your Cards Out” by Poliça http://32ftpersecond.blogspot.com/2011/12/policia-lay-your-cards-out-feat-mike.html I actually heard this on a podcast a few weeks ago, and meant to track it down then, but forgot until now. This band apparently has some pretty big-name support— Bon Iver appears on …

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Weekly recommendations for 03/18/2012

My recommendations for this week– just a little late because I was out of town this weekend.  Article: “On the Market” by Alice Gregory http://nplusonemag.com/on-the-market Gregory spent some of her immediate post-college period working for Sotheby’s, gathering data to be used in auction catalogues. The piece touches on the corporate “culture” of Sotheby’s, the nature …

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Recommendations for March 10, 2012

A little more music this time around, but I’ll start with a couple of good reads: Article: “Farther Away” by Jonathan Franzen http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/04/18/110418fa_fact_franzen?currentPage=all Here, Franzen manages to bring together birdwatching, the history of the novel, and the life and death of David Foster Wallace, beautifully and with evident intelligence. I can’t help but feel ambivalent …

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Recommendations for 03/03/2012

Text-heavy selection this time around. I guess it has been that kind of week (whatever that means). Article: “Fail Worse” by Ned Beaumann http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/fail-worse/ The author of my favorite book of last year discusses the appropriation of the phrase “fail better,” from Samuel Beckett, by the self-help/self-affirmation/tips-and-tricks-to-make-anything-easy/don’t-worry-you’re-awesome industry, which of course has taken the phrase out of …

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