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  1. Tuesday book drops (according to The Millions):...

    Tuesday book drops (according to The Millions):
    The Secret Place by Tana French;
    10:04 by Ben Lerner
    Barbarian Days by William Finnegan
    Wittgenstein, Jr. by Lars Iyer
    The Emerald Light in the...
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    http://www.citylab.com/crime/2014/08/where-more-americans-die-at-the-hands-of-police/379067/
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    Could be one of those hate and love shows. I gave...

    Could be one of those hate and love shows. I gave up on season 1 because it was so bad. Rotten Tomatoes gave the first season a 62% rating, but season 2 a rare 100%. Some of that could be an artifact...
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    Amazon posted five pilots. Mike Hale at the Times...

    Amazon posted five pilots. Mike Hale at the Times isn't terribly impressed with any of them: ...
  6. I like to err on the side of openness and...

    I like to err on the side of openness and enthusiasm and don't see the value or purpose in posting a somewhat negative review of a t3p's post... unless you're an AC fan (which I am), and while...
  7. A 56-Song Playlist of Music in Haruki Murakamiís...

    A 56-Song Playlist of Music in Haruki Murakamiís Novels: Ray Charles, Glenn Gould, the Beach Boys & More
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  8. Alexandra Alter, also writing in the Times, is a...

    Alexandra Alter, also writing in the Times, is a bigger fan.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/books/the-bone-clocks-is-david-mitchells-most-ambitious-novel.html

    Still doing Ghostwritten and it's...
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    Ben McGrath argues in the New Yorker that...

    Ben McGrath argues in the New Yorker that baseball is history because Mike Trout can go outside without being mobbed:
    http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/twilight-baseball
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    For some reason we got to talking about this at...

    For some reason we got to talking about this at the Brew Pub last night:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzrdWyhoH0c
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    You are correct (on both the chart and the thread...

    You are correct (on both the chart and the thread title). That's a screwed up way to present data. I've seen that on bar charts where graphic serves as the bar, growing in distracting volume in...
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  13. I saw today that Mitchell also wrote dialog (and...

    I saw today that Mitchell also wrote dialog (and maybe more) for Kate Bush's new stage show.

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    Stanley: The Impossible Life of Africa's Greatest Explorer by Tim Jeal. This has been...
  14. Cocked, foxed, & dogeared: books for a broken blab

    David Mitchell's latest, The Bone Clocks coming out next Tuesday, is meta-David Mitchell, bringing characters from all his other books together in much the way he usually weaves lightly interwoven...
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    Do any of our news outlets commission polls? I...

    Do any of our news outlets commission polls? I accept that McElroy didn't see this coming, but couldn't somebody? There were certainly people in the know who were very concerned about it.

    Did...
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    If you shoot an unarmed mime should you use a...

    If you shoot an unarmed mime should you use a silencer?*

    *apologies to Stephen Wright
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    So where's a Blabber to go for some well-sourced...

    So where's a Blabber to go for some well-sourced rumor? Is the problem that it's Betty, so you know she's probably right even if she's not ready to spill the source? Or that she's a journalist and...
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    Of course it sucks getting scooped, but it's...

    Of course it sucks getting scooped, but it's petty to complain about the journalistic standards of a blog post. There's a hierarchy of expectations. The New York Times isn't first with every national...
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    Was anyone grazing goats on the commons?

    Was anyone grazing goats on the commons?
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    The suffering could extend to innocent Blabbers...

    The suffering could extend to innocent Blabbers whose chancellor odds are already limited by recusal.
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    I've been enjoying: Extant: Oscar-winning...

    I've been enjoying:

    Extant: Oscar-winning Halle Berry returns from space (where something weird happened) to her normal futuristic life to find that things are weird all over. Aliens, corporate...
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