Tuesday, December 09, 2008


The line of the week comes from Pacific Standard: "It is rare and memorable when shuffle gets something right." . . . The expiration date on linking to pieces about the election is fast approaching, but here's Christopher Clausen on the historical use (and overuse) of "the most important election in history." . . . If the Cavs are serious about keeping LeBron James two years from now, they might want to consider drafting (or somehow trading for) Stephen Curry. . . . The Economist names its best books of the year. . . . And Anthony Lane, in one neat paragraph, sums up the 10 best films of the year, which just reminds me what a bad year it's been for film. . . . Timothy Egan vents, not for nothing, about the current state of the publishing industry: "Most of the writers I know work every day, in obscurity and close to poverty, trying to say one thing well and true. Day in, day out, they labor to find their voice, to learn their trade, to understand nuance and pace. And then, facing a sea of rejections, they hear about something like Barbara Bush’s dog getting a book deal."


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