Remainders: the trying to give you what you want edition

  • Robert Calasso’s “approach of disclaiming a sustained argument and offering, instead, a galaxy of essaylets” in a new study of Kafka “is either modest or frustrating, according to taste.”
  • In this week’s bookish news of the weird, Dutch libraries are “lending out people,” including junkies, lower-income people, lesbians, and other volunteers “from outside of the Dutch mainstream … who will go sit in a cafeteria with library patrons, have a cup of coffee and chat with them.” (Did you hear about the British zoo with humans in it? That was cool. Can you imagine what the “intelligent design” people would say if you tried that here, though?)

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