"Now the turkey's sulking."

While I was sitting in Huerequeque's bar, next to me a pig kept rubbing with self-absorbed persistence against a case of beer. Then it disappeared behind the counter. A broom was lying on the ground as if felled by an assassin.

-from Werner Herzog's astonishing Fitzcarraldo diaries (in the current Paris Review)

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One way to keep publishing afloat: a judge sentences a crooked exec to write a book.

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In 1983, Motorola introduced the first commercially available cellular phones to the United States. Here, their designers imagine what we might see in the next twenty-five years (but possibly never).

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Sophisticated nuclear strategists also speak a language all their own. They are gradually evolving a terminology which is free of moral, or even human, connotation. They do not, for example, use any form of the word attack, but use instead the term preempt--which of course sounds like something in a bridge game rather than what it is.

-Terry Southern, quoted in Bilge Ebiri's essay on Dr. Strangelove and the "dead serious" novel that inspired it


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Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. More

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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