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This morning, I stood on the train behind a woman reading from a Kindle that was affixed to its leather case by a big green rubber band, looped around twice. Of course, seeing a Kindle or any of its cousins on the train isn’t anything to call Grandma about, but there’s a metaphor of some sort tangled up with all the knotted strands of hair in that rubber band. It also happens that I was involved in a discussion of sorts regarding the e-readers last night, and so it all seemed very apropos.

Orwell talks into can, gets face on Kindle

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The following conversation is real, and concerns the exploits of a photographer whose work can be examined at the daily photo weblog WHITEBLACKRED: PHOTOS OF MY DAYS. To protect the subjects, their names have been changed. The photographer, will be referred to here as Person(s) A, while the critic will be referred to here as Person(s) X. Person(s) M was unavailable for discussion.

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I feel that it is my duty as a Chicagoan to pay some attention to the Pitchfork Music Festival. Saving my jaded, snide remarks for the actual band previews, I’ll say that I’ve been to Pitchfork (previously Intonation) Music Festival several times, and it was a lot of fun. It’s easy enough to make jokes about neon sunglasses and the vast abundance of Sparks (now w/o caffeine, bring yr own cocaine), but by and large it’s one of the better festivals you’ll find, you know, if you’re into that sort of thing. Alas, I won’t be able to attend this year, as I’ve opted to attend a suburban pig roast, as well as Sunday’s White Sox/Orioles game instead, but figured I’d try to help out all those making the trip to Union Park this weekend by providing an overview of all the acts performing.* Enjoy!

Cheers,

EGM

*And I’m here to happily provide uninvited two-cents from the only guy you know who still only listens to reggae and punk rock about bands I’ve never heard! (BK)

**Me too! (TH)

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Cormac McCarthy has been writing novels since the 1960s. His first, The Orchard Keeper, was published in 1965. That and almost all of his subsequent works have been bleak, set in harsh environments, tales of the darker aspects of humanity. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1981, and in 1985 he published Blood Meridian, his most acclaimed novel (until now, you will please note). 1996 saw All The Pretty Horses, for which McCarthy won the National Book Award. In 2006, Blood Meridian was named to The New York Times Magazine’s list of the best novels of the past quarter-century. In 2006, plans were announced to adapt his book from 2005, No County For Old Men, for the screen. This, in turn, made McCarthy the Most Famous Writer in the World. Since he was now the MFWW, his 2006 book, The Road, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for literature. Plans for a film version were announced in 2007. In 2009, I read it.

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I’m no David Foster Wallace (well, no one is anymore), so as much as I’d like to, I’m not going to segue this into a History of Recipes-as-Advertisements from the Middle Decades of the 20th Century. (more…)

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