Depression Humor Revived

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You know things are looking bleak when comedy starts making fodder out of depression themes. Here’s a bit that tells you how to go from office worker to homeless drifter in seven easy steps.


Dave Eggers in Conversation with Chris Elliott

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“Comedian, actor and satirist Chris Elliott has made a career of blurring truth and absurdity. Elliott wrote and performed for Late Night With David Letterman, and went on to perform in other television programs, including Saturday Night Live.” Here he is in conversation with writer Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius).


Jonathan Franzen Reads

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In a quick three minutes, you can watch the sometimes cocky author of The Corrections read from an essay on bird watching, courtesy of, where you can also find more videos with intellectual heft.


China’s Space Walk: Fresh Footage

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As US stock declines, China’s stock keeps going up. It’s the story of the decade, really. Here’s footage from China’s first space walk this past week …


What Happens on Mars

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From The Daily Dish:
“Clouds move across the sky on Mars. The sun rises. Snow falls – but never touches the ground.


George Orwell’s 1984: Download Free Audio Book Version

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I first posted this one during the dead of summer, so it seemed worth revisiting this now that we’re all a bit more focused ….
Over at the Internet Archive, you can find George Orwell’s classic, 1984, available as a free audio book. As you’ll see, the recording is professionally done. You can download the full zip file here.


New Fiction in Five Parts

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This post is a twofer. First, I get to tell you about, a web site that posts new fiction in kind of a novel way. Almost a throwback to the 19th century, FiveChapters publishes short fiction in serial format. Each week, they present a story in five parts, and you can follow along as the week unfolds.


Used Book Sculptures

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Thanks to a heads up from one of our loyal readers (thanks Bob!) you can see a new artistic trend that’s turning books back into trees. Good stuff.


Paul Newman and James Dean Screentest for East of Eden

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In memory of Paul Newman …


MAD Parodies the Bailout: “Smells Like Greed Spirit”

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Straight from BoingBoing: The new MAD Magazine artwork below. Glad someone can find a little humor in this…
(PS Also see BoingBoing’s piece on the changing WaMu web site.


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