In the 1980s it was discovered that some bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia, rip up marine basket sponges from the seafloor and place them on their beaks for protection as they forage for food along rocky substrate. It is the only known instance of tool use by dolphins in the wild. Now Janet Mann and Eric Patterson, biologists at Georgetown University, report that the dolphins do this...
The NYC bookstore McNally Jackson anchored the left sleeve. The bookstore’s...– Colson Whitehead on the World Series of Poker, Part IV - Grantland (via rachelfershleiser)
The DFW-Eugenides Plot
Since today is Things Vaguely Related to DFW Day on the McNJ tumblr: Yesterday over on New York’s Vulture blog Willa Paskin posited that Leonard, a character from Jeffrey Eugenides’ forthcoming novel The Marriage Plot, is based on David Foster Wallace. And she’s right! And not just because he has a vague interest in the way time works. And, you know, chew and a bandana. As...
FLIP: A Column About Skateboarding #16 →
Joel Rice interviews Cole Louison, author of The Impossible, a new history of skateboarding.
Ask Me About… →
timeoutnewyork: Very, very excited about this: TONY is teaming up with McNally Jackson to present a new event, Ask Me About…. Hosted by our Books editor, Matthew Love, the series gives book casual readers and bookworms alike an excuse to tackle that classic they’ve just never read. The first event happens August 23, and the book is Joseph Heller’s Catch-22; Todd Hanson of The Onion will give a...
oati: From a list of words included in the fourteen-page copy-editing style guide for Nicholson Baker’s novel House of Holes, out this month from Simon & Schuster. asswood ball-hankie beardwater bonky boobosity boycone brimmingness britneys cockbrisket cockitude crotchal cuntatious dickybird doodle-goo eggmate floof flump fuckalope groanroom hip-jouncing jizzler joywave judder juicy-lucy...
"we must be superstars"
agrammar: I have a slightly odd and stat-packed essay about pop and narcissism in this week’s New York. We recommend!
Endless is the account of Love. Time and space can not contain Love’s...– Global warming: Explained! (From Melville’s Pierre.)
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Books to Drool Over →
italicsmine: At The Millions, we put together a big Most Anticipated Books post! There are some amazing reads coming out… The Chad Harbach book = a more graceful Freedom. We heartily recommend. Also I’d like to add Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station, which is funny and great and exactly right in all sorts of ways. If I could prescribe it to you, Young Person Living in a City,...
Gentle lady ape Nimble fingers share her thoughts Teaching us to love– The winning haiku from the Koko the gorilla birthday haiku contest. (via Kaela)
Choosing a book is hard
michellelegro: Yesterday I had the delightful experience of being informed by a bookseller at McNally Jackson that I had a free paperback book of my choice waiting for me at the store. Now the question remains: what the hell should I get? Here are some thoughts from my wish list: Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages, by Phiyllis Rose The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi, by Andrew...
For Further Reading
wordbrooklyn: In case you are lost as to what should be on your summer reading list (and can’t come by the store so that we can sell you on our favorites), here are some good suggestions: Adam Ross recommends five books under 200 pages Largehearted Boy links to every summer reading list ever