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Some interesting sights on this flickr page dedicated to old and new Penguin covers. (via)

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In advance of the 2008 olympics, China is trying to get rid of the bad Chinese-to-English translations found throughout Beijing. The Sun has graphics of the worst offenders.

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An "index typewriter," one of the many interesting variants on typewriters that can be found in this  philosophical essay on the instrument.

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Innovative design or brand destruction?

The books, released as Tales to Take Your Breath Away at the start of the cigarette ban in pubs and restaurants last July, were well received by the design press and have made popular Christmas presents. But now the publishers are having to inhale deeply themselves as British American Tobacco (BAT) claims that one of the packs, containing Hemingway’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Undefeated, resembles its own Lucky Strike pack. Claiming that such an association could seriously damage the health of the brand, BAT is trying to have the works pulped.

I seem to remember certain American businesses spending large amounts of money attempting to associate themselves with Hemingway . . .

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Thanks to Three Percent for pointing out this Wiki documenting "the most unusual books of the world." Some eye-popping photos here.


The Surrender is Veronica Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning how she embraced her true gender.


Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

The first essay dives in to Nicholson Baker’s “sex trilogy,” explaining just what Baker is up to here and why these books ultimately fail to be as sexy as Baker might wish.

From there the book moves on to the second essay, which explains just why Spaniard Javier Marías does right what Baker does wrong . . .


5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

3 never-before-published essays, including “The Digression”—a 4,000-word piece on the most important digression in César Aira’s career.

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