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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 07.28.11

7/28/2011 9:47:42 AM

Tags: The Crockpot, William Butler Yeats, Junot Diaz, Talib Kweli, George Saunders, Zisha Breitbart, media, Staff

William_Butler_YeatsA plain writing convert bids fond farewell to polysyllabic prose.


Previously unpublished Yeats play, Love and Death, is now available online.


Step aside, Golem. Make way for real life Jewish strongman Zisha Breitbart in Superman’s creation myth.


George Saunders dissects the curse of the creative writer: the impulse to convert every involuntarily thrilling moment in one’s life into story fodder—and then complicate it with irony or tragedy.


Fourteen urban art installations that you don't want to miss.


Listen to Junot Diaz and Talib Kweli read work from the 2010 PEN Prison Writing Contest.


In their family-themed July/August issue, Dwell offers 13 ideas for building natural playscapes.


Ms. compares Republicans to pirates with their handling of the debt ceiling debate.


“All mammals except camels and kangaroos eat their placentas, which made me think ancient humans probably did, too.” Meatpaper offers musings on eating human placenta, plus a recipe.


Reason compiled a number of dispatches from the Food Truck Wars.


The skinniest house in the world is so thin it’s not technical legal.


New research from the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior shows that it is much easier to predict whether or not your husband/girlfriend/it’s complicated will sleep around than previously thought.


When Texas Governor Rick Perry cancelled subscriptions to Utne Reader, Mother Jones, and The Progressive.


What’s more refreshing than to sit back in your favorite chair, sip some coffee, and read a harsh polemic against the banking industry?


Mongolia: Frozen wasteland or frontier of luxury?

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