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Smart Reads: Thanksgiving Edition

Today in culture: Kinky food, Thanksgiving-related food, and Napster.

Alison Bechdel posts the whole of “Rising Damp”, about her stay in London.

How to make invisible ink, as well as a history of spycraft: “Invisible ink involves any acid which will weaken the paper, causing it to darken and burn if heated. Benedict Arnold used it in his traitorous correspondence with the British, and the Americans used it just as often.”

 

“If Napster had only been about free access, control of legal distribution of music would then have returned the record labels. That’s not what happened. Instead, Pandora happened. Last.fm happened. Spotify happened. ITunes happened. Amazon began selling songs in the hated MP3 format.” Clay Shirky on the history of free music.

Book dresses abound at the Strand.

In anticipation of popovers: Roxane Gay writes of Thanksgiving food and fiction. “I thought about how even when we write fiction, we do reveal something about ourselves. I don’t know that I am ever more naked than in my stories.”

That’s right, it’s called a spoof-in-a-cookbook, and it’s breaking genre barriers as we speak.

“He is a walking citation; his clothes refer to much more than themselves. He tries to negotiate the age-old problem of individuality, not with concepts, but with material things.” Yet another article on Hipsterism.