Browsings

Browsings — July 2, 2014, 12:55 pm

Brussels Spleen

“Belgium is a sniveling little ragamuffin . . .”

From “Vagabondizing in Belgium” (Harper’s Magazine, August 1858)

Browsings — October 25, 2013, 8:05 am

“My Life in the Bull Ring with Donald Ogden Stewart”

The original text of Ernest Hemingway’s submission to Vanity Fair, with his cover letter and an introduction by the editor of a new collection of his letters

Ernest Hemingway in the bullring in Madrid, 1923.

Browsings — October 11, 2013, 8:00 am

Secret Oil Company Memos on Pollution in Louisiana

“All of these practices are flagrant violations of the law.”

Shell Memo Detail

Browsings — August 26, 2013, 8:00 am

Pages from William T. Vollmann’s FBI File

“The FBI operative in New Haven who wrote my forensic profile possessed some talent with words and turned his phrases with apparent pleasure.”

From William T. Vollmann’s FBI file

Browsings — May 23, 2013, 9:00 am

Surprisingly Germane

Tracing the Holocaust-Symbol Theory of The Shining

Adler Typewriter

Browsings — April 17, 2013, 9:00 am

The Lady in Rose-Colored Glow

Willa Cather’s sole surviving letter to Edith Lewis

Willa Cather (thumb)

Browsings — April 13, 2013, 9:00 am

Triple-Slur Score

Words dropped from recent editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary

Scrabble 'R' Tile

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