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Remembrances of Things Proust

Greatness inspires greatness. Love inspires love. And truth demands the truth. A strikingly beautiful memoir of a great artist, reviewed the way I wish more books were.

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Letters of Note

A fascinating new site devoted to letters, notes and other correspondence of historical or cultural significance. Initial entries include a letter from FDR to the commissioner of baseball, the Lindbergh ransom note and an achingly beautiful note written by Churchill, to be delivered to his wife in the event of his death.

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Using ‘They’ as an all-purpose pronoun

I tend to be a purist, and I was surprised to learn that ‘They’ is actually historically a gender-neutral, number-agnostic pronoun. Well, let’s just get on with it and adopt this, so we can move on to more important matters.

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Comics that go further

This is a fascinating list of graphic novels that go beyond the bounds of the genre.

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Fatherhood

Fatherhood is funny thing. It turns a man who is well-respected at work, considered to be intelligent by his colleagues and clever by his friends, into a complete idiot. I’m not a father yet, but I’m already beginning to see that mine isn’t nearly as stupid as he used to be.