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Some random links (many of which are probably days, weeks, even months old):

-For many it is a time of austerity. For Monocole, it's an opportunity to rethink retail. (The Monocole issue is subscriber-only; this link takes you to PSFK's excellent marketing/ideas blog.)

-Also at Monocole, and related to my earlier post on limited edition culture: a limited edition book (by Alain de Botton) on the pleasures/sorrows of work.

-Finally: a worldwide platform for those who despise the font "Comic Sans" (Spotted over at Suite 2046.)

-There are more babies in the U.S named "Beckham" than "Barack."

-"Actual mustard growers" don't seem to care about the President's condiment choices. Former UCLA standout Dijon Thompson unavailable for comment.

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Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Bookforum, Slate, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe Ideas section and The Wire (for whom he writes a bi-monthly column). He is on the editorial board for the New Literary History of America.
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