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Morning Bites: Anti-Putin punk, Malick’s muse, On Englander, fantasy illustrators, and more

“They were dressed in summery short dresses and tights, but brightly colored balaclavas masked their faces. Dancing frantically to keep warm, they launched into a song that could be delicately titled “Putin Got Scared,” though the lyrics in Russian were ruder than that.” – Pussy Riot, our new favorite band on the planet, gets profiled by NPR.

  • Gary Shteyngart, Douglas Rushkoff, and a bunch of other smart folks weigh in on Facebook $5 billion dollar IPO at Motherboard.
  • At Tablet: Adam Kirsch on Nathan Englander with appearances by Kafka, Babel, and Roth.

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Morning Bites: Gary Shteyngart’s blurbs, Sheila Heti talks to Didion, the bones of Cervantes, and more

So many jokes about being quixotic: searching for the bones of Cervantes.

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Morning Bites: Thatcher movie, Bill O’Reilly’s still an idiot, nightcaps, short story problems, and more

Meryl Streep, Margaret Thatcher, and Madness (the band) in one trailer.

  • Is there a problem with short stories?  Josh Spilker thinks there might be, and he discusses it at Impose.  (Hint: Yelp)
  • If you’re looking for the rules of an honorable nightcap, look no further.
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Morning Bites: Writers for Occupy Oakland, Edith Wharton, Bosworth’s e-chap, Weather Underground, Chip Kidd,

Dave Eggers, Michael Pollan, and other writers denounce the City of Oakland’s response to the Occupy protests.

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“Day of the Oprichnik” Wins Best Book Cover of 2011 in First Month of the Year

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I was excited to read this before it arrived at my desk yesterday, but the cover art for Vladimir Sorokin’s Day of the Oprichnik (out March 22nd on Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is so incredibly sweet, that it seemed appropriate to give out the award this prematurely.

Does this beat out the prior #1 best example of Russian book cover featuring a bear?  Continue reading

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Pictures of 20 Under 40 People Living it up at 92Y Tribeca

backstage, "20 Under 40" at 92YTribeca

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David Bezmozgis, Nell Freudenberger, Rivka Galchen, Karen Russell, Gary Shteyngart and Wells Tower with Deborah Treisman read at 92Y Tribeca the other night. Good times were had, ideas for funny new book trailers were probably thought up, and pictures were indeed taken and saved at the 92Y Flickr. Continue reading

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Weekend Bites: Syd Barrett Biography, Nora Ephron, Fox News Reliable Source, Shteyngart + Moody And More

At Boston Globe: Talking about a new a new Syd Barrett biography.

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