The Paris Review celebrates issue #200.
- “Do we even have to say that physical beauty is beside the point when discussing the work of a major author? Was Tolstoy pretty? Is Franzen? Wharton’s appearance has no relevance to her work. Franzen perpetuates the typically patriarchal standard of ranking a woman’s beauty before discussing her merits, whether she is an intellectual, artist, politician, activist, or musician.” – Victoria Patterson at the Los Angeles Review of Books takes Jonathan Franzen to task for his New Yorker piece on Edith Wharton.
- Happy one year birthday to our friend Book Stalker. Come see the lady behind the stalking on March 7th at our Greatest 3-Minute Movie Stories event.
- PANK’s guide to AWP in Chicago.
- Rudyard Kipling writes about some imperialist soldiers guarding a train back in the olden days.
- A list of funny pranks pulled off at MIT.