Marcel Proust,  Nikola Tesla, Ronnie James Dio and maybe Saul Bellow were both born on this day.

There’s a Christopher Hitchens essay on George Orwell in this month’s Vanity Fair.

At Book Riot: Eulogy for an Evanston, Il. bookstore that one Vol. 1 contributor used to visit.

Jennifer Miller lists three books on scandalous teachers at NPR.

Elizabeth Greenwood talks Magic Mike at The New Inquiry.

That time GANT pissed off all of New Haven.

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