Mahalia Jackson was born on this day in 1911.

“Even as e-books evolve and become more interesting to experience, physical books will endure. But they’ll need to work hard to earn a slot on the shelf.” Hyperallergic on “The Subconscious Landscape of the Printed Book.”

Michelle Dean reports on Don DeLillo, Jonathan Franzen, and a bunch of dudes asking questions at the New York Public Library.

John Jeremiah Sullivan gets a bunch of massages.

Women who dressed up like men to fight in the Civil War.

The big man on Princeton’s campus who had to go back home to Japan after Pearl Harbor.

Ted Leo talks with The Awl and Ted Leo gets drunk on whiskey with Julie Klausner.

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