Archive | October, 2011

The Art of Editing No. 1

A 1994 interview with Robert Gottlieb, former editor in chief of Knopf; Simon & Schuster; and The New Yorker, is so much more thanks to the creativity (and connections) of Larissa MacFarquhar – a window into the golden age of publishing, a side-to-side view of the writing and reading experience, and a portrait of the […]


Less is More

Less and More, SF MOMA’s exhibition on the subtle (and highly influential) genius of design Dieter Rams, runs through February 20. More is more? While you’re there, take a docent tour of the Selected Histories: 20th Century Art exhibit, ongoing at the museum. Thursday evenings, general admission is half off. For design buffs: Rams’s Ten […]


Links 2 – 4 October

Enjoy technology, Bill Kellar writes, but don’t write off the universities. This week’s podcast from The Arabist on de-Qadhafization The Lit Saloon on a French theatrical adaptation of Alaa al-Aswany’s Chicago Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s identifies with Peggy Olson – no, actually Holden Caulfield. Huh? How to Architect demonstrates how to write like an […]


1900 – 1901: Kim

It is sometimes said that there are only two ways for a story to begin: Someone sets out on a quest or a stranger comes to town. Both come into play in Rudyard Kipling’s long-beloved (if now also half-forgotten) only novel-length story Kim. The novel first appeared twice in serial form in magazines, beginning in […]


Weightless Arabic

Thanks to this app, I have no qualms about leaving my Hans Wehr at home when I take to the road with an Arabic novel. Now if only the development of Arabic e-books would accelerate a little… Image by calligrapher Mouneer Al-Shaarani via The Ministry of Type


Quotable: Bill Cunningham

I don’t think I’ve ever come across a person more incandescently delighted with his own life than fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, the charmingly eccentric figure profiled in Richard Press’s 2010 documentary. Cunningham has worked for The New York Times since the late ’70s – and he appears to have ushered in a new era for […]