Bites: Russian chess, Franzen is #1, Murakami interviews, craziest town hall EVER, and more

Yeh, how did Russians get so good at chess? HTML Giant: Mazel tov on turning one year old. Lit. Jonathan Franzen is #1!!!  (The Millions) An interview with Haruki Murakami Boston Globe takes a look at “gangster chic“ The Moby Dick emoticon. Stephanie Kuehnert, Author of Ballad of Suburbia, picks “Bastards of Young” as one of her songs on Largehearted Boy’s Book Notes. A.V. Club says “here are the rest of the books we think you should read for 2009”.  […]

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