the birth of communist china (1964 ed.)
“The shadow life. He saw it everywhere—it was a kind of second sight—but what use was it? He looked back at his passenger, her face anxious, turned away. Her window misted, a single cloud. What could she possibly see?”
“I used to think the world was broken down by tribes, by black and white. By Indian and white. But I know that isn’t true. The world is only broken into two tribes: The people who are assholes and the people who are not.”
Sherman Alexie - The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
One of the many great quotes in the novel.
Industry News from a Series of Tubes
July 22, 2014
Indie Publisher Releases First Salinger E-Book
The author was fiercely protective of his copyright during his lifetime, and expressed disappointment at the publication of his earlier work. Now, indie publisher The Devault-Graves Agency is releasing three early Salinger stories in electronic form. (Publishers Weekly)
Whiskey, Potato Chips and the Nobel Prize: My Friend, Nadine Gordimer
Anthony Schneider recounts his relationship with the Nobel laureate and human rights campaigner, Nadine Gordimer. (Salon)
Was the End of Harry Potter “Good?”
Yesterday marked the seven year anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s seminal series, but the question remains: Was the end of Harry Potter any good? (The Airship)
The Lives of the Artists, in Comic Form
Catherine Ingram’s new graphic novel series depicts the lives of the 20th Century’s most influential artists. So far the series features Pollock, Warhol and Dali, with Bacon and Gauguin coming this fall. (The Stranger)
"A Country Doctor"—The Weirdest and Thus Best Franz Kafka Short Film
It’s good. Read it here, watch it below. (Electric Lit)
Image via The Atlantic
These whimsical images come from the mind of Louis Crusius, a physician and artist who was born in Wisconsin and later moved to St. Louis, Missouri. The Antikamnia Chemical Company used Crusius’ images in a series of calendars they published from 1897-1901, which they sent to physicians who could prove their medical standing.
The company, whose name means “opposed to pain,” was known for manufacturing a patent medicine called Antikamnia tablets. Like most patent medicines of the time, the ingredients in the tablets could have ill effects - the tablets contained acetanilide, which could cause cyanosis (a condition in which the skin becomes blood due to insufficient oxygen).
Huge news today! Dark Horse Comics will publish the sequel to FIGHT CLUB as a 10 part maxiseries, debuting in April 2015. Read all the details here:
“It should go without saying that no one goes into poetry for money.”