Sound Smart, Read These: Pop Eats Itself

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06/26/2009 4:13 PM |

My favorite coverage of Michael Jackson is coming from Slate’s Browbeat blog, which through some happy accident of career trajectory has writers who came of age as Michael Jackson was the biggest pop star in the world, and have so many branded-on-the-brain images from the time that they don’t need to imagine or extrapolate his significance.

US out of Iraq, finally, sort of, and nobody’s really paying any attention. What happens next, asks-and-answers Fred Kaplan.

The financial sector’s PR campaign against “populist overreaction”. I honestly don’t know which side in the financial sector vs. populist rage showdown I dislike more.

Short Takes on Books That Don’t Exist
. In the Believer, Steve Hely and various designer coconspirators get Borgesian. I would totally read Rhode Island in the 70s.

The Library of Congress opens up its collection of Nabokov’s papers, at last. Go nuts.

New fiction: J.M. Coetzee (from his “fictionalized autobiography Summertime) and Claire Messud in the New York Review of Bookssummer fiction issue.

Old clip: William Saroyan travels Armenia in a white suit and bushy mustache.

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