Afternoon Bites: Happy Birthday Sub Pop, Michael Chabon Doing “Casanova,” Literary Baseball, and More

“Since they first reunited in 1985, Wire has had an exceptionally weird relationship to its own past. During their commercial peak in the latter half of the 80s, they refused to play anything from the pre-breakup era, and for the first few years of their current incarnation, they mostly acted as if they’d jumped straight from Pink Flag to the year 2000.” Douglas Wolk on the latest — kind of — from Wire. What, exactly, has steampunk done to alternate history novels? If you […]

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The Reading Life: “Shooting an Elephant” and Orwell’s Clarity

I once wanted to be a lawyer, and being a paralegal was a stop on the way to where I thought I wanted to go. To get to 100 Church Street I took the M15 bus down a road where pedestrians were not allowed, past 1 Police Plaza and the courthouse named for Daniel Patrick Moynihan, stopping in front of J&R Electronics. I would walk through the park to Broadway. I would get a large coffee at Dunkin Donuts. The whole thing felt less […]

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