Smart Reads: Goldfish, Nipples, and Salvador Dali

Today in culture: Nipplegate at the New Yorker, Salvador Dali’s bathing suits, and goldfish art collectives. -Happy-making clip of the day: Salvador Dali designed “nightmare swimware” for ladies in 1965. If only the background music were downloadable. -Dali also illustrated … Continued

Smart Reads: Nas Returns, Stephen Fry Reads a Sonnet

Today in culture: Nas makes a not-so-surprise return appearance, James Murphy breaks down, and Stephen Fry regales us with Sonnet 130. –Colm Toibin on writing. –Stephen Fry reads Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130. -The perils of snobbery. -The truth about internet addiction. -Yayoi Kusama … Continued

Smart Reads: Fiction Edition

Today in culture, we lay the fictional spoils of the internet at your feet, including new work by Blake Butler and Nick Hornby. The highlights: –The Hairpin gives Another Country a richly-deserved shout-out. –David Carr‘s duality. -The letters of T.S. Eliot, … Continued