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The Long Goodbye

A hilarious parody at The Morning News by editor Michael Erard about a growing new online genre, the “why I quit Facebook (or Twitter or email)” post (example here). You can see right away where the problem lies — writing on a blog about leaving Facebook seems to turn the …

The Shape of the Book

Some visually piquant photographs of imaginary libraries from Jean François Rauzier. They’re an interesting combination of the architectural impossibilities of Piranesi mixed with the large scales of iterative forms of Andreas Gursky. Above all, there is a bookish logic at work here with the conjunction of the perspectivally flat with …

Sacred Objects

A recent story in the NY Times about violent protests in Afghanistan after locals witnessed army officials burning sacks of Korans. Not only is the encounter fascinating in the way it dramatizes how dramatically differently sets of people can relate to objects (one’s trash is another’s totem). But I couldn’t …

Et tu, Classics?

Death of the book, death of the humanities, and now, death of the classics. I could have sworn they already died, but alright: Mary Beard has a very thoughtful reflection on the relevance of the classics today in the NY Review of Books. But do we need defenses of things …