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Watching a Speculative Novel Come to Life in Rachel Dolezal’s Story

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Late last Thursday night, filing out of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park after a performance of The Tempest, I glanced down at my phone and saw that a well-known comedian, a friend of a friend, had tweeted something about my novel. “This #RachelDolezal story feels like the prequel to the book Your Face in Mine,” he wrote.

A version of my novel was leaving the realm of the imaginary and becoming news.
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Russia Gets a Militaristic Amusement Park and the World Gets “Google Sheep View”: Links You Need to See

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Sometimes, during times like these, when people like Donald Trump run for president (and get the approval of other similarly unsavory figures), one may wish to they could retreat to a little Up-like house hidden away atop a Manhattan roof. And if you can’t take refuge in a skyscraper cabin, perhaps your feet will at least be happy hiding in a pair of these Yeezy Boost 350s (whose worldwide release is June 27).
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‘American Gods’ on TV, Johnny Marr’s Favorite Records, and David Foster Wallace’s Adderall Novel: Links You Need to See

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Where, oh where, oh where is Shadow? The answer will soon be: on Starz network. That’s right, Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel American Gods is being made Next year will be the 20th anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death, and in that time he he’s been deified, demonized and theorized about endlessly. When that anniversary rolls around next year, there’ll… Read More

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Intimate Photo Portraits of Hollywood Boulevard’s Street Characters

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If you’re walking down Hollywood Boulevard and find yourself face to face with Marilyn Monroe or Darth Vader, that’s not just the magic of the movies — or the heat of Los Angeles — getting to you. Plenty of flesh-and-blood people haunt that artery dressed up as legendary stars and iconic characters, posing for photos with tourists and living off their tips. Copenhagen-based photographer Ken Hermann was fascinated by these performers, who, he writes, “are — or once were — pursuing the American dream of becoming someone special and famous. And, it is this struggle mixed with the childish fantasy world I find interesting.” Hermann captures this emotional complexity in Hollywood Street Characters, his beautifully composed series of portraits. Click through for a few highlights, and visit Hermann’s Behance page or website to learn more about his work.
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Darren Aronofsky Almost Made a Batman Movie: Links You Need to See

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Before Christopher Nolan came along and made Batman cool and box-office friendly again, the Dark Knight was at a low point, last seen in the embarrassing Batman & Robin. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed five other projects that vied to be made before Nolan’s Batman Begins. One included a Darren Aronofsky-directed adaptation of Frank Miller’s excellent Year One graphic novel. The script got panned when Warner Bros. realized how violent it was. “I think I heard a shriek of horror,” said Miller of Warner Bros.’ response.
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Writers’ Stunning Photos of the Places That Inspire Them and Make Them Think

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Inspiration isn’t easy to tap into in our plugged-in, oversaturated world. Writers and other creative people often crave solitude, peace, or a place to recharge so they can commit to their work — whether that place is a window on a stunning natural environment, a quiet desk in the middle of urban bustle, a beautiful temple to art, or a cozy chair or kitchen table. We asked 13 fiction writers with books either coming soon or just published to send us a photo of their favorite places to work, get inspired, or welcome the muse — whether they’re crafting YA page-turners or drafting slow short… Read More

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Culture’s Not Dead — It’s Alive and Well, No Matter What a Nobel Laureate Argues

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We haven’t had a good death-of-the-novel argument in a while, but just when you thought it was safe to venture out onto the Internet again, Nobel laureate and literary curmudgeon Mario Vargas Llosa has gone one better with his new essay collection, Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society. As Salon’s Laura Miller reports here, he believes that culture is dead.
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Hot Dogs Are the New Pizza: Links You Need to See

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Whenever there’s some monstrous food hybrid (a turducken that’s also a condom! polenta fries that are also WWII!) posted online, it’s usually something cooked up in a private kitchen either as a gag, an experiment or a mistake. However, Pizza Hut is now very publicly advertising one such monstrosity that very much looks to be the latter: it is, simply, a pizza whose crust is just many (28, to be exact) very small hot dogs. As pictured above, the Hot Dog Bites Pizza looks vaguely cellular — like a microorganism you wouldn’t want slipping into your system. Atlantic writer Megan Garber decided to investigate whether this thing even is a pizza. “What does it mean, ultimately, to be a type of food?” she asks. “I have no idea! I just really like pizza. So I consulted some experts.” Here’s the result. 
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