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Morning Bites: Pencil Neck Geeks, Dan Chaon’s tunes, The New Inquiry, pickling stuff, and more

We bet you’re probably still hungover from your Charles Dickens birthday celebration, but it’s time to get back on the horse and party again:  Jules Verne and “Classy” Freddie Blassie were both born on this day.  One of them coined the phrase, “Pencil Necked Geek,” and it wasn’t Verne…

  • Aleksandar Hemon at Guernica on Ethnic identity training for children in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Rachel Rosenfelt of The New Inquiry is interviewed by the Los Angeles Review of Books blog.  If you’d like to subscribe to The New Inquiry, it only costs two dollars.  You can’t get anything for two dollars.
  • Maybe you should pickle everything?  (Only funny if you’ve seen the Portlandia skit.)

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Weekend Bites: John Brandon in the Times, Shane Jones Interviewed, Braff Visits the Rebbe, Deserving Rick Moody and More

John Brandon’s Citrus County, reviewed in the New York Times by Daniel Handler

“I walk into lobbies of untold beauty. I ascend in elevators fit for the gods. Then I walk outside again and see the street defaced by the cruel storefronts of bank branches and mall chains, scornful of beauty.”  –  Roger Ebert


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