Monday morning miscellany

  • All hail Donald Coxeter, the man who saved geometry (the only math class I ever enjoyed).
  • Is the novel a better form for Haruki Murakami than the short story?
  • Matthew Tiffany points to a collection of “eggcorns” — phrases that have “somehow gone through a meat grinder and come out the other end as something poetic.” See also dreadful phrases.
  • Ever wanted to create a snapshot of a webpage to be stored at a permanent address? Now you can.
  • A San Francisco Chronicle review of Naomi Alderman’s Disobedience alleges that the protagonist’s first-person voice “interrupts the action with obsessive, clunky soliloquies that clog the reflective narrative and slow the action.” I disagree. Disobedience is one of the best new books I’ve read this year, and lately I’ve been caught in a reading frenzy. In my hometown paper, Elsbeth Lindner calls the book a “relaxed, wry and accomplished first novel.”


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