1.16.2010 New York Times Digest

1. “The Deadliest Book Review”

“Few fictional representations are so offensive to their (reputed) models that actual violence ensues. The notable exception – perhaps the most spectacular crime in American literary history – took place 100 years ago this month when Fitzhugh Coyle Goldsborough expressed his supreme displeasure with what he believed was the depiction of his family in the novel The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig by pumping six bullets into its author.”

2. “Amid Cuts, Public Colleges Step Up Appeals to Alumni”

“The rush to catch up has placed public campuses in an awkward stance: cutting academic programs and instructors at the same time they are expanding development staffs and investing in a fund-raising infrastructure.”

3. “Defy the Elite! Wait, Which Elite?”

“From time immemorial — or at least since newspapers and magazines took up the job of leading the public discussion of art and culture — audiences have rejected what critics embraced, and vice versa.”

4. “Mark Sanchez and Tom Brady: Peers in Style, Not in Results”

“Sanchez is basically Brady – nine years, three Super Bowls, two children and one supermodel wife ago.”

5. “Can Your Camera Phone Turn You Into a Pirate?”

“He said my cellphone copying bore some resemblance to that earlier behavior, but because it depended on the portability and ubiquity of the phone’s camera, he said it was closer to music piracy.”

6. “Two Guys From Paris”

“The running gag that permeates the entire discussion is the conceit that BHL, the most celebrated, most mediatique intellectual in France, and the prize-winning, best-selling novelist Houellebecq, are hated, persecuted and despised by almost everyone.”

7. “Auto(in)correct”

“With the rapid success of Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android phones, more and more people are discovering the pitfalls of tapping on a virtual keyboard.”

8. “Watch Me, Read Me”

“I’ve been a slavish fan of the Kindle almost since it was introduced — the way it lets you read, wholly read and do nothing but read. Not being interrupted by all the material distractions of an overdesigned book — or by the Web’s gaudy video, graphics, music, clocks, e-mail, ads and news bulletins — that was a joy to me when the Kindle first appeared. I still do my most focused reading on the Kindle or the Kindle app for the iPad.”

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