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March 3, 2019

"Normal People" — Sally Rooney


Her latest novel is so good I was forced to invoke SlowRead©® by page 29.

It's 266 pages long, so at 15-20 dawdling, daydreamy pages per day, I figure I can make it last around two weeks. 

What makes it so good?

I don't know, but magic is by definition occult.

I am struck by the following things, however:

• Though the story is replete with dialogue, there are no quotation marks. Yet everything that's spoken is clearly so, regardless.

• The first page of the novel is headed

    January 2011

in lieu of a chapter number.

The second segment begins

    Three Weeks Later

    (February 2011)

Subsequent segments follow this pattern. No gimmicks, no flashbacks, just a clear timeline through the four subsequent years.

• Many wonderful sentences like this: 

    Rain silver as loose change in the glare of traffic.

March 3, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Two simple ways to slip through paywalls


Above, the New Yorker paywall.

Below, Outline tunnels* through the wall.


Below, Google Chrome Incognito Mode does the same thing.

Chrome Incognito

Both so simple, even a TechnoDolt©® can use them.

One more thing: free, the way we like it.

*In the classical world, tunnelling takes place under rather than through a wall. In the quantum world where I prefer to live, going through is de rigueur. Choose your world as carefully as you choose your illusion. Wait a sec... what's that music I'm hearing?

March 3, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

"Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq"


Highly recommended.

March 3, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Two Male Figures — Kazimir Malevich


Oil on canvas; 39" x 31"; 1930.

In the collection of the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Original title: Две мужские фигуры

March 3, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: Karim Rashid's Umbra Trash Can


Almost invisible and so very simple.

Light and easy to empty thanks to the cutout.

Waterproof, durable, comes in tons of colors, lasts forever.

At $4.99, what's not to like?

As always, the bookofjoe Guarantee®© applies: if for any reason you're not happy with your trash can, just let me know and I will refund every penny you paid for it.*

And no — I will not give you back the sales tax.


*Offer invalid in Georgia (the state, not the country).

March 3, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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