July 6, 2012
How a Crudely Drawn Penis Almost Derailed Huckleberry Finn

mentalflossr:

This is the story of how that bulge in Uncle Silas’ trousers delayed the U.S. edition of Mark Twain’s famous work.

(via gracebello)

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Filed under: Mark Twain lit books 
May 24, 2012
reuters:

Occupy Wall Street filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against New York City, claiming authorities destroyed $47,000 worth of books, computers and other equipment confiscated from the protesters’ encampment in lower Manhattan last fall.
Police conducted a surprise overnight raid at Zuccotti Park in November, clearing scores of protesters who had set up tents at the plaza near Wall Street and dealing a significant blow to the movement’s potency.
As part of the sweep, Occupy claims, police officers seized more than 3,000 books from the “People’s Library.” While some of the books were eventually returned, many were in unusable condition, while the rest were apparently destroyed, according to Occupy’s lawyer, Norman Siegel.
The lawsuit also questions whether the raid itself was constitutional, Siegel said. 
READ MORE: Occupy sues New York City over confiscated books

reuters:

Occupy Wall Street filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against New York City, claiming authorities destroyed $47,000 worth of books, computers and other equipment confiscated from the protesters’ encampment in lower Manhattan last fall.

Police conducted a surprise overnight raid at Zuccotti Park in November, clearing scores of protesters who had set up tents at the plaza near Wall Street and dealing a significant blow to the movement’s potency.

As part of the sweep, Occupy claims, police officers seized more than 3,000 books from the “People’s Library.” While some of the books were eventually returned, many were in unusable condition, while the rest were apparently destroyed, according to Occupy’s lawyer, Norman Siegel.

The lawsuit also questions whether the raid itself was constitutional, Siegel said. 

READ MORE: Occupy sues New York City over confiscated books

April 26, 2012
Why Is So Much Academic Writing So Bad?

journalofajournalist:

Must read article.

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March 9, 2012
"In Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot, the childlike and excitable protagonist Prince Myshkin is told by his sweetheart that the worst thing he could do at an upcoming party is to break an expensive Chinese vase. Myshkin becomes consumed by the thought that he must not break it, and makes a point of sitting as far away from the vase as possible. But “an ineradicable conviction had taken possession of his mind that, however he might try to avoid this vase, he must certainly break it.” And of course, he does—upsetting the vase near the end of the party with one of his wild gestures."

Liz Goodwin on Mitt Romney (via andrewgraham)

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September 24, 2011
frollospeaks:

There’s a bookstore up in Wicker Park I got too that has the most books I have ever seen, which is obviously not true since I have been to the Strand, but it’s insane. I literally get exhausted when I’m there because there are too many books and I start thinking about what if I could read all the books and I get too tired to look at all the books and then I have to leave without buying any books.

This is what Seaburn in Astoria used to look like.

frollospeaks:

There’s a bookstore up in Wicker Park I got too that has the most books I have ever seen, which is obviously not true since I have been to the Strand, but it’s insane. I literally get exhausted when I’m there because there are too many books and I start thinking about what if I could read all the books and I get too tired to look at all the books and then I have to leave without buying any books.

This is what Seaburn in Astoria used to look like.

August 24, 2011
President Obama: Why don't you read more women?

cheatsheet:

A good question.

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Filed under: obama books