Smart Reads: Tom Hanks, Thom Yorke, and Averageness


Smart Reads: Tom Hanks, Thom Yorke, and Averageness


Today in culture: Tom Hanks loves his typewriter, Thom Yorke loves Borges, and R. Crumb illustrates Bukowski.

-See Tom Hanks, vintage typewriter enthusiast, become ensnared in an intricate bribery plot.

-“Borges’s Labyrinths. That was pretty cool. The idea is the story, you know. I tried reading it a few years ago, and I was like, “What the fuck is this?” and then some guy in the pub explained to me what was going on and then I actually really enjoyed it.” A Thom Yorke Believer interview.

-Do you like book reviews? What about graphic novels? Well what about a graphic book review by Kevin Thomas?

-Speaking of illustration: R. Crumb lends Bukowski books some graphic flavor.

-“The world is an asshole because it has told you to give up. Time and time again it has told you to give up. Not by making you endure any great hardship, because in its own grotesque way that would be extraordinary.” On being average.

-Cheryl Strayed, Dear Sugar, and a short history of the advice column.

-An excerpt from Sophie Calle’s forthcoming The Address Book.

-Pictures at an institution: Alfred Eisenstaedt’s 1938 photos of the Pilgrim State Psychiatric Hospital.

-“Do not place a photograph of your ­favourite author on your desk, especially if the author is one of the famous ones who committed suicide.” Words of wisdom from Roddy Doyle.