Unrequired Reading: August 27, 2010

It’s been a long week at work, dear readers, but that won’t stop me from bringing you an awesome collection of weird links.

Let’s start off this week’s installment with a bang!

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Let’s go from near-death in a lab to death in a classroom.

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I adored Adam Kirsch’s book reviews when the New York Sun was in print. Here’s his obit/tribute to Frank Kermode.

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I don’t have a problem with Kermode exemplifying “the ideal of the literary critic as the humanist par excellence.” I do, however, have a problem with the bloated self-importance of contemporary ‘literary’ fiction as exemplified by editor Lorin Stein. (My pal Tom objects, too, as seen in the third item in this post.)

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My antidote for that? Another Frank Santoro post, about romance comics and the romance of comics.

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Galactic Supervolcano: not a Soundgarden album title. Yet.

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I really enjoyed Eric Baker’s Today series of web-found images, but he just posted the last one. Check out the archives after that post; you won’t be disappointed.

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The magic of Yes and the voice of Toto? You’re talking to a guy who’s first concert was Asia (Brendan Byrne Arena, 1983, Alpha Tour).

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Abandon all hope upon entering here. Also, can you make the logo bigger? (h/t Brand New)

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Let’s end this week with two gems from the mind of C.C. Beck. First, Armagideon Time explores the phenomenon of the garrulous everytiger, Talky Tawny.

And then we have the definitive statement on anger management:

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