Wednesday, July 21, 2004


Pass the madeleines, please: a lovely essay by Alberto Manguel on food and literature.

An idea whose time has come: meta-reality TV as realized by Annabel Lyon.

Refresh, then repeat: the random word page at Word Spy is buzzword-compliant. Not only that, it keeps one abreast of the Zeitgeist through the auspices of wordbursts. What a dandy tool!

Beyond dark and stormy: the winners and losers for the 2004 Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest have been announced, the stinking fruits of their prosaic toil disseminated...

Taking to the open road: Jonathan Raban and his daughter hop in the car and take a road trip down the Pacific coast [part I] [part II]

Would you prefer Ivory or Pears, Dick?: The New Yorker provides the entire extrapolated transcript of the Cheney/Leahy kerfuffle.

Man in a towel walks up to a bookcase: Ian Brown puts a positive spin on the gloomy doomy NEA report on the decline of reading in America, and does so while half-naked, all fresh and glistening from the shower, looking for inspiration as he shelf-browses his personal collection...now there's something I'd like to read more about.

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