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I was born inside the movie of my life. The visuals were before me, the audio surrounded me, the plot unfolded inevitably but not necessarily. I don’t remember how I got into the movie, but it continues to entertain me.
Those are the first three sentences of "Life Itself," Roger Ebert’s upcoming memoir. Ebert posted the opening to the book at his blog, and while some of it reads like he’s been reading too much Twitter poetry, the man has been a writing machine since recovering from cancer, so don’t be surprised if the rest of the book knocks you on your backside.

-DM

[Roger Ebert]

ZOMG! POTTERMORE POTTERMORE MORE POTTER GAHHHHHHH!!!! The above screengrab comes from Pottermore, a mysterious new site bearing “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling’s signature. Scholastic says that it is NOT an announcement of more Potter books, so perhaps it’s maybe… you’ve stopped reading, haven’t you? Because all you want to know is if more books will drop and anything else is ancillary and pointless? I see where you’re coming from.

-DM

[PottermoreScholastic]

I had a cat, the cat died, and now the stuff I used to say to the cat all day, I tweet.

That’s Colson Whitehead talking about the Internet. And that it’s your own damn fault if you can’t finish what you’re doing because you’re spending too much time on Tumblr.

-KH

[Publishers Weekly, housingworksbookstore, the20newyork]

(via nbcnewyork)

Top 50 Books for Weirdos Not Nearly Weird Enough Geez Pete just released its “Top 50 Nonfiction Books for Weirdos" list in response to Modern Library’s list of top 100 books. And while I have read exactly none of these books (except for a part of “Our Band Could Be Your Life”), they don’t strike me as all that inherently subcultural. I mean, “Columbine”? “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”? “A People’s History Of The United States”? Those all strike me as fairly well known, mainstream works. If you’re gonna make a list of books for weirdos, you need to pull out the obscure titles. Find a coffee table book about worm-stomping fetishes. Add something translated from the original Finnish. There are far weirder books out there for you outcasts.

-DM

[@normative, Geez Pete, Modern Library]