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A Quick Technical Note for the Weekend

Posted by Tobias Carroll

Posting will be light this weekend, as we’re in the process of moving Vol.1 to a new host. The changes should be transparent, and there won’t be any need to update your bookmarks or feed reader settings. Indexing and Sunday Stories will return next weekend.

The only significant change is this: if you subscribe to our posts via email, you will need to resubscribe to our new mailing list next week.

Thanks for reading. See you on Monday.

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Television for writers

Posted by Jason Diamond

Over at Jewcy (which I edit.  I figured I should mention that), Jesse Fox makes the point that 4% of Community’s 3.84 million viewers are comedy writers, and has the piecharts to back up his claims.

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Quotable: The old London barber

He talks about the war, and about meeting Eleanor Roosevelt. He talks about guarding Tower Bridge with a spigot gun and rifle, and receiving Churchill’s orders to “shoot the bastards … save the bridge.” He talks about his penchant for the 1930s, for big bands and John Wayne. He lights up a little when he hears the name Johnny Cash. He talks about eras, and people, and politicians, and where they have gone wrong.

– Brian Leli’s “The Barber Comes Around” at The Morning News.

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Not David Foster Wallace

Posted by Jason Diamond

I won’t spoil the riches and wonders that is the Tumblr “Not Foster Wallace.”  I’ll just let you click and find out.

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To L.L. Bean, on his 139th birthday…

Posted by Jason Diamond

Leon Leonwood Bean was born on this day in 1872 (his Wikipedia says November 13th, but it’s wrong).  Maybe today is the perfect time to read his 1942 book Hunting, Fishing, Camping, or just take some time to appreciate the company he founded.

I checked out the 1984 biography pictured above when I was in the 5th grade for a book report on the topic of “The Outdoors.”  I could have picked from any number of rugged frontiersmen, but I recognized Bean’s name from products and catalogs scattered all over my house, and decided on him.  The backpacks I wore to school that contained my books and Trapper Keepers were L.L. Bean.  Anytime I went fishing with my grandfather, the L.L. Bean logo was inscribed upon most of the gear, so I decided to write about Mr. Bean over Jim Bowie.

 

 

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Steve Jobs in heaven (on the cover of The New Yorker)

Posted by Jason Diamond

In case you haven’t seen it, Steve Jobs teaches Saint Peter how to use an iPad at the gates of heaven on the cover of this week’s New Yorker.  Hopefully St. Pete can read anything off the Apple tablet with the glare of God beaming down on the screen, but what really confuses me is that Steve Jobs was a Buddhist.  Shouldn’t he be depicted as something like a reincarnated bunny rabbit holding an iPod shuffle instead of the Christian version of the afterlife?

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Getting deep about Ernest Hemingway modeling Etsy sweaters

Posted by Jason Diamond

Does putting an owl on a sweater technically count as putting a bird on it?  Does it have to be a specific sort of bird, and does the photo of Ernest Hemingwy wearing an Etsy sweater with a bird of prey go against the whole twee philosophy?

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