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Smart Reads: ‘Love This Giant’, Suri’s Burn Book, and David Foster Wallace

Culture

Smart Reads: ‘Love This Giant’, Suri’s Burn Book, and David Foster Wallace

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Today in culture: Mannequins run amok in a new photo series, David Byrne disappoints, and David Foster Wallace’s biography keeps on leaking.

-From the people that brought you A History of the World in 100 Objects (well not exactly the same people): a history of New York in objects.

-…and a survey of its mannequins.

-Another, longer excerpt of D.T. Max’s recently released David Foster Wallace biography, Every Love Story is a Ghost Story.

Ed Park‘s (footnoted) take on Harry Matthews and The Conversions: “Being a fan of the obscure was one thing—but being the follower of an author whose books you couldn’t even get? That was another level of perversity. And I was ready to go there.”

-On being disappointed with Love This Giant: “Yet he finds the more he loses himself to the medium, the more it “sets him free.” He loves this giant—television (hence the album’s title).”

-Michelle Obama’s speech wins converts. Michelle 2016, anyone?

-The wait is over: Suri’s Burn Book the book is out now.

-A second photo of Emily Dickinson is recovered in the Amherst College archives.

-This goes out to everyone trying to find new and creative ways to say: “She put on her green gown and took a flyer off of old St. George.”

-Katie Roiphe’s ‘messy thinking’ is appreciated by Megan Daum at LARB.