Today in culture: original fiction by Mark Twain and Tao Lin, the opening of Julie Delphy’s 2 Days in New York, and the problem of pronouns in writing.
-Did you know that Manhattan has a Museum of Biblical Art? You do now. They’re showing “The Adoration of the Magi by Bartolo di Fredi: A Masterpiece Reconstructed” up until September 9th.
-Fictional Fridays! A story from Tao Lin from his first short story collection, Bed. “People began to quit their jobs. They saw that their lives were small and threatened, and so they tried to cherish more, to calm down and appreciate things for once. But in the end, bored in their homes, they just became depressed and susceptible to head colds.”
-This just in: Bob Dylan’s new album might actually be good. Decide for yourself.
-Mommy, where does sexploitation come from? This post just might have the answer.
-Technology can be awkward. Especially in novels. What to do?
-On pronouns in poetry, fiction, and life: “Did the language really have no natural way of referring to those of indeterminate gender?”
-Will Self is “quite girly”, and thinks Alan Hollinghurst is “not where the party is”. Where is the party, Will?
-Fictional Fridays! Mark Twain for Harper’s Magazine. “I remembered her death, but the pain and the grief and the bitterness which had been so sharp and so desolating to me at the moment that it happened had wholly passed from me now, and had left not a scar.”