Unrequired Reading: Nov. 16, 2007

I’m back from San Diego, dear readers, and ready to do a day or two of work before taking a Thanksgiving break! Have some links, whydon’tcha?

David Byrne on Ikea’s naming system.

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How to win a National Book Award, in five easy steps! I thought this year’s winner might be really funny, but then I discovered that I was misreading the author’s name.

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Roger Kimball really doesn’t like Norman Mailer’s work.

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Looking good takes a lot of work. Looking ugly can take even more.

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Good ruins are hard to find.

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Congress: it’s not bribery if we do it.

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Hip-hop: goodbye to gangsterism?

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Condolences to official VM best pal Paul Di Filippo, who lost his father earlier this week.

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