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Jean-Paul Sartre was born on this day in 1905.

A great piece on the alternative libraries of New York City.

Sam Lipyte on Henry Roth’s “brutal” book Call it Sleep.

“With immigrants still coming to America, and the dream of a better life eroding, I can’t help but feel a sense of desperation. I can’t help but hear my mother’s words over and over again: “Immigration is not for everyone.” – Karolina Waclawiak kills it at The Rumpus.

An excerpt from Happy Rock by Matthew Simmons is up at Vice.

“So when I tell you that I not only appreciated, but loved Snyder’s Man of Steel, believe me, I can smell the flames singing the skin off my feet. But I’m sorry to say, this is the big dumb Wagnerian movie I’ve been waiting for. It’s Fritz Lang’s Die Nibelungen on a quarter of a billion dollars.” – Connor Kilpatrick wrote the only necessary review of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.

Jami Attenberg writes about hanging out in Brooklyn, drinking, our DC punk event, and wiener dog puppies.

Jacob Silverman on fiction about the internet.

The film actors and actresses that inspired your favorite Disney cartoon characters.

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