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The greatest literary battle royal of them all

The Tournament of Books has begun.  Prepare for blood.

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Two young intellectual dudes talking about Guy Debord

Posted by Jason Diamond

I take back every single time made fun of the New York Times in the past. I take it all back because of one single quote from the piece on The New Inquiry:

“Tim Barker, a junior at Columbia, awkwardly admitted that he, too, had chosen a reading from Debord. (What are the odds?)”

What are the odds that two dudes hanging out in a secret bookstore would both be looking to read a little Guy Debord, that a New York Times reporter would be there for it, and it would record the moment in a manner that usurped ” a bomb was thrown at their motor car. The Archduke pushed it off with his arm,” as the best thing I’ve ever seen in the pages of the Old Gray Lady?

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Morning Bites: PANK in Brooklyn, Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, and much more

PANK takes over Brooklyn tomorrow.  Friends like Deb Olin Unferth, Melissa Broder, and Sean Doyle will be reading.

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Morning Bites: Ten Thousand Saints, book making videos, threatening Bloomberg, and more

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Jealous of a dead man: Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor’s sweet obituary

Posted by Jason Diamond

I will hopefully do many great things in my life, and if I can somehow do enough to earn such a fantastic obituary as the late travel writer Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor had written for him by the BBC, then I will smile down from heaven and say, “You know what?  I lived a damn good life.”

Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, who has died aged 96, was both a man of action and an intellectual.

That’s really all you need to say.

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Vol. 1 Managing Editor one of New York’s hottest bachelors

Our own Tobias Carroll is one of Time Out New York’s most eligible singles. He bakes bread, he writes, he’s a HTML GIANT tag, and he can be yours.

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Morning Bites: Open City, Rudolph Herzog, Kurt Cobain’s member, and more

Pop Candy on Open City ceasing publication of their magazine, and the release of They’re at it Again: An Open City Reader.

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