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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: Literary Douchebag-Fools Pantheon

Video of the Day: Literary Douchebag-Fools Pantheon

When Brett Easton Ellis began reading D.T. Max's Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, he got the howling fantods. He took to his Twitter, calling DFW "the most tedious, overrated, tortured, pretentious writer…
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Calendar, Night&Day Literary Doucebag-Fools Pantheon

Literary Doucebag-Fools Pantheon

When Brett Easton Ellis began reading D.T. Max's Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, he got the howling fantods. He took to his Twitter, calling DFW "the most tedious, overrated, tortured, pretentious writer…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Bookish Affair

A Bookish Affair

It was a good year for Woody Allen, 1978. He won his first Oscar for Annie Hall and an O. Henry award for “The Kugelmass Episode.” Published in The New Yorker, the short story follows a humanities professor who, in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Big Three

Big Three

Novelist Thomas Pynchon is more than a writer. He’s a weird institution and full-time obsession for some. But what did he expect? He has made sport of hiding from the world since the mid-1960s. Of course people want to know…
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Culture, Books "All Things Shining": How Greek philosophers can bring back wonder

"All Things Shining": How Greek philosophers can bring back wonder

Hey kids, ever wondered how Western philosophical thought has evolved over the past few thousand years, and why, and what we should think and do about it now? Well, we can start with a new book by What Computers Can't…
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Dining, Eat Corey Lee's haute cuisine at Benu is almost flawless

Corey Lee's haute cuisine at Benu is almost flawless

View more photographs in Benu: The City's Newest Entrant into Haute Cuisine. The salad ($12) that began my first meal at Benu looked like it had drifted across the plate, blown by some wispy forest sprite. Curls of orange mimolette…
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Calendar, Night&Day Give This Man a Trophy

Give This Man a Trophy

The mid-'90s was a big time for tennis. In 1994, Pavement released “Stop Breathing,” an epic song about tennis and something. In 1996, David Foster Wallace released Infinite Jest, an epic novel about something and tennis. Between those iconic poles,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt

Three things delight us about Patton Oswalt: He has the best joke about KFC Bowls we've ever heard (we've heard two). He lived in S.F. when he was poor. He worshiped David Foster Wallace and gave a commencement address at…
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Culture, Books Growing Up in Public

Growing Up in Public

There's something missing from Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Something's been overlooked, even amidst a massive publishing industry buzz that's scrutinized Eggers' every word, every media connection -- every italicized interjection -- that it seems the book…
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Culture, Stage

Church and State

The Archbishop's Ceiling is a companion piece to Up Your Ass -- both running now at George Coates Performance Works -- and if you're wondering what a stolid Arthur Miller play about writers in Cold-War Russia has to do with…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): If this were a thousand years ago and you were suffering from the same kind of temporary insanity you are right now, I might have recommended that you immerse yourself in a tub of live eels,…
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