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Thursday Links (4/28)

Posted by Josh Rothman  April 28, 2011 08:30 AM

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Letter from a 14-year-old Stephen King. -- "My favorite feature is the obituary department." (Letters of Note)

Roger Ebert at TED. -- Ebert talks about remaking his voice after he lost it to cancer.

U.S. Home Prices, Sung as Opera. -- "We converted the Case-Schiller graph into musical notes." (Planet Money)

11 Grammatically Incorrect Movie Titles. -- "Without a hyphen, this movie isn't about spiders but rather about eight freaks with legs."

Do racing video games teach you how to race for real? -- "I decided that looking fast and feeling fast would be integral to actually being fast, and I sent my helmet off to be painted." (Ars Technica)

Martin Amis on Hitchens' Verbal Genius. -- "He's one of the most terrifying rhetoricians the world has seen." (The Guardian)

[Image: Hitchens and Amis in Cape Code, 1985; from The Guardian.]

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