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Smart Reads: W.G. Sebald, Texas Treason, and Sontag Overkill

Culture

Smart Reads: W.G. Sebald, Texas Treason, and Sontag Overkill

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With Venus’s last ever transit between earth and the sun (until 2117) providing us with our very own Melancholia scenario, and news that Texas has been cooking the books (the school textbooks, that is) it’s shaping up to be a very interesting dayToday’s highlights so far:

-Transit of Venus? Or Rings of Saturn

-The new Paris Review is out, and with it an interview with Wallace Shawn, fiction by Sam Lipsyte, and a new translation of Virgil. Are you creaming your pants yet?

-The scandalous story of how Texas owns history, at The New York Review of Books.

-Django Unchained is looking a hot mess in new press stills, with Leo DiCaprio’s facial hair airing dangerously on the pubic side.

-Let There Be Light, John Huston’s 1946 documentary about World War II soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, is available for streaming, and it would behoove you to check it out.

-Brian De Palma sounds off at Artforum.

-It’s the Todd Solondz montage to end all Todd Solondz montages. And there are many.

-There will be a filmed adaptation of Stefan Zwieg’s Journey Into the Past!

-Rilke’s love letters at Brain Pickings.

-All Sontag, all the time. Yet another discussion of the 1964-1980 journals at the Los Angeles Review of Books.