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A short Wes Anderson film for Prada. So stylish, so charming. 

A short Wes Anderson film for Prada. So stylish, so charming.

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The Elements of the Periodic Table, Personified as Illustrated Heroes

As a lover of children’s books, especially illustrated science–inspired and nonfiction children’s books, I was instantly smitten with <b>Wonderful Life with the Elements: The Periodic Table Personified</b> (<i>public library</i>) by Japanese artist Bunpei Yorifuji, whose ingenious subway etiquette posters you …

Close encounters with Kerouac

Jack Kerouac was an early seminal influence. In 1950, when I was fourteen years old, all my high school friends read Kerouac and talked about him endlessly, as the coolest guy. I read “Subterraneans” and “Dharma Bums”. (He didn’t publish “On The Road” until 1958. Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” was in …

18 (Free) Books Ernest Hemingway Wished He Could Read Again for the First Time

In the 1930s, Ernest Hemingway wrote a series of short pieces for <i>Esquire</i> magazine called the “Key West Letters.” One of those pieces, the 1935 …

Festival-Goers Let Gigantic ‘Big Bird’ Drop Colorful ‘Poo’ On Them

<b>According to</b> a certain superstition, getting hit by bird dropping is supposed to bring good luck.<p><b>To bring</b> a bit of—or a lot of—luck to the Secret …

Sesame Street

50 of the Best Books You Haven’t Read by Authors You Already Love

Looking for something to read but don’t want to stray too far from the authors you know and love? Seeking undiscovered literary gems to talk about at …

Camera-Trap Images Offer a One of a Kind Look at Life on the Serengeti

Over the past few years, University of Minnesota researcher Ali Swanson has captured millions of photos of the animals of the Serengeti thanks to …

The Best Books on Writing, NYC, Animals, and More: A Collaboration with the New York Public Library

As an enormous lover and patron of public libraries, I was beyond delighted when the fine folks at the New York Public Library asked me to curate a selection of books for their bookstore and gave me free range to do whatever I wished. My original thought was to do a single reading list around a …

The Alice in Wonderland Cookbook and Lewis Carroll’s Guide to Dining Etiquette

As an intense lover of both all things <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> and unusual cookbooks, I was beyond thrilled to be gifted a surviving copy of the vintage out-of-print gem <b>The Alice in Wonderland Cookbook: A Culinary Diversion</b> (<i>public library</i>) — an utterly delightful compendium of recipes inspired by the …

The 25 Best Websites for Literature Lovers

It’s an interesting relationship that book lovers have with the Internet: most would rather read a physical book than something on an iPad or Kindle, …

L'actu mode de la semaine du 29/07/13

MODE LA REVUE DE LA MODE<p><b>La réstrospective Roger Vivier au Palais de Tokyo, Julien Dossena nommé chez Paco Rabanne, les sweats "London Mania" au</b> …

Olivier Assayas selects Lola Creton

<i>Taken from the August issue of Dazed & Confused:</i><p><i>Parisian filmmaker Olivier Assayas: “She’s a very quiet, even mysterious individual, hiding abysses of human understanding. You can’t begin to grasp how she got there. Perhaps through an uncommon fierceness that shows even when she tries to hide …

Rape Joke: what is Patricia Lockwood's poem really saying?

Wow. Patricia Lockwood is damn clever. With her viral poem Rape Joke, the Missouri-based poet has reinvented how we talk about rape. She has casually reawakened a generation’s interest in poetry. (If this is poetry, who wouldn’t want to read it more often?) And she may well be the first person with …

Adelle Waldman’s Favorite Sad Young Literary Men

We enjoyed reading about the exploits of the young literary man at the center of Adelle Waldman’s debut novel <i>The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.</i> so much …

Bedroom via Kitchen: What Food Preferences Reveal about You and Your Romantic Partner

The shared meal, Michael Pollan noted in his altogether fascinating exploration of how cooking civilized us, is where we “learn the art of conversation and acquire the habits of civilization.” But, beyond the mere mythology of aphrodisiacs and anti-aphrodisiacs, the careful observation of our …

A Eulogy to Words: The Only Recording of Virginia Woolf’s Voice, Adapted for Chamber Orchestra

In April of 1937, Virginia Woolf delivered a beautiful treatise on language and craftsmanship as part of a BBC broadcast, which remains the only surviving recording of the author’s voice. Composer Brian Mark has enchanted it with new life in <b>A Eulogy to Words</b> — a mesmerizing multimedia mashup of …

Best British Short Stories 2013

Synopsis<p>The third in a series of annual anthologies, <i>The Best British Short Stories 2013</i> reprints the cream of short fiction, by British writers, …

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Bands Sofia Coppola should check out

<i>Sofia Coppola's 8-title oeuvre is as musically exploratory as it is visual. Soundtracks featuring AIR, Frank Ocean, and hubby Thomas Mars of Phoenix fame give her films the leisurely backing to tie together the narrative. As The Bling Ring hits theatres, we take a look at an archive of aural</i> …

DANCING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM If there is only enough... • literary jukebox

<b>DANCING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM</b>If there is only enough time in the final<br>minutes of the 20th century for one last dance<br>I would like to be dancing it slowly with you,<br>say, in the ballroom of a seaside hotel.<br>My palm would press into the small of your backas the past hundred years collapsed into a pile<br>of …