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A Few More

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A few more.

* #Nabokovfail.

* Scenes from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

* Nations must invest $37 trillion in energy technologies by 2030 to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions at sustainable levels and meet energy needs, the International Energy Agency warned today.

* A woman is six times more likely to be separated or divorced soon after a diagnosis of cancer or multiple sclerosis than if a man in the relationship is the patient, according to a study that examined the role gender played in so-called “partner abandonment.”

* Picasso and his love of Japanese erotic prints.

* Always start your viral marketing campaign after your show is already doomed.

* The New Yorker takes down Superfreakonomics. I like this coda from Crooked Timber a lot:

Kolbert’s closing words are, however, a little unfair.

To be skeptical of climate models and credulous about things like carbon-eating trees and cloudmaking machinery and hoses that shoot sulfur into the sky is to replace a faith in science with a belief in science fiction. This is the turn that “SuperFreakonomics” takes, even as its authors repeatedly extoll their hard-headedness. All of which goes to show that, while some forms of horseshit are no longer a problem, others will always be with us.

Not unfair to Levitt and Dubner, mind you, but to science fiction. After all, two science fiction authors, Frederick Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth, had their number down way back in 1953 with The Space Merchants (Pohl, amazingly, is still active and alive).

The Conservationists were fair game, those wild eyed zealots who pretended modern civilization was in some way “plundering” our planet. Preposterous stuff. Science is always a step ahead of the failure of natural resources. After all, when real meat got scarce, we had soyaburgers ready. When oil ran low, technology developed the pedicab.

The Space Merchants is truly great, incidentally. Read it if you haven’t.

* Twenty years after the Berlin Wall. The “click to fade” images are stunning.

The Original of Laura

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Details are emerging about the publication of The Original of Laura, the partially completed book Nabokov asked be destroyed after his death and which is now being published by Random House. Apparently the book will contain facsimiles of the index cards on which it was drafted.

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April 30, 2009 at 11:51 am

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Let’s rock Tuesday.

* Today’s election day in Pennsylvania. Obama is telling people it’ll be “closer than they think,” but he’s been hurt too bad this month and he’s almost certainly not going to close the original nineteen-point gap. I predict he loses by about ten.

This will be spun in the media as a massive victory for Clinton and will result in six more weeks of winter. The new “final final decision” moves to May 6 with North Carolina and Indiana. Karl Rove laughs maniacally and eats another baby.

* Dmitri Nabokov will not burn his father’s last novel after all.

* The American economy is totally boned.

* And Paul McCartney says you should go vegetarian to save the planet.

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April 22, 2008 at 1:03 pm