Posts by: Nikita Schoen

Vampires of the Sea

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The Los Angeles Review of Books features a gorgeous review by Colin Dickey on Vampyroteuthis Infernalis: A Treatise. In other words, a book on the search for the elusive and alien vampire squid (a search which may or may not include stakes and garlic). Flusser wants to create a dialogue between human and vampire squid, knowing […]

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The Thimble is the Tool of the Proletariat

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Whether you think Monopoly is boring, cutthroat, depressing, or an opportunity to display your impressive financial skills, we bet you didn’t know the complete history of the board game. Harper’s Magazine features a hefty article on the game’s origins, which will either totally engross you or make you slightly cross. So the next time someone […]

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Arrr! What do you mean by “cucumber” walls?

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Peter Mountford writes about lending a hand to the mysterious “AlexanderIII” of Moscow, who is conducting a pirated translation of his novel. What begins as an author’s dream of “overhearing” a discussion of his phrase-work quickly becomes something else entirely. “Though I was impressed by AlexanderIII’s dedication, his numerous message-board queries did not inspire much […]

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Donald Hall Says “Thank You” Twice

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Donald Hall offers The New Yorker a series of reminiscences, observations and gentle declarations concerning the poetry reading, a beast he has come to know most intimately during his lifetime, both from the audience and the stage. “Sound had always been my portal to poetry, but in the beginning sound was imagined through the eye. […]

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The World Without You: “A Painful But Necessary Transformation”

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If you enjoyed our interview with Joshua Henkin, may we direct you to this review of The World Without You, featured in The New York Times Sunday Book Review. “Henkin’s prose is elegant but unobtrusive, always serving the characters. Although the cast is large, you get to know them deeply, like real people, and while they’re not […]

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A Responsibility to the Classics

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We’ve all got those books we’ve been meaning to read. Whether we heard about them yesterday, or saw them in a bookstore window a couple of months ago, or we can’t quite remember when but someone told us about something they thought we might like, a while ago, we think. Or perhaps you’ve got a […]

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Tell the Difference

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How can you tell when someone you know has been affected by an experience in their life? Is it a deeper crease in the forehead, or a slight, pensive frown on the mouth? Or is it something less straightforward, a different look in the eyes, a sense of tension in the cheek? Claire Felicie photographed […]

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