The Joy of Reading Several Books Simultaneously [via The Chicago Tribune]
Julia Keller, a literary critic at the Trib, discusses her longtime habit of reading multiple books at once, something she says she did long before her job demanded it. “Serial reading — the act of plowing through a single book without pausing to read anything else — seems quaint these days, and maybe impossible. We exist amid an extraordinary cultural cornucopia. We live in a world of joyful multitasking. There is more great literature being produced in the world today than at any other moment in history.”
Berlin Cannibal Restaurant Revealed as Hoax [via AOL News]
A recent announcement for a new cannibal restaurant in Berlin, promising “authentic Wari cuisine,” was revealed to be a hoax. The perpetrators? The German Vegetarian Association, which is using the press to promote not eating meat. A PETA spokesperson, however, said vegetarianism is not the answer to the world’s meat problem; instead, she recommended developing meat grown in a lab and not as an animal.
From Viral Video to Billboard 100 [via The New York Times]
The Times profiles the Gregory Brothers, four Brooklyn musicians whose remix of an Alabama news report has sold 91,000 copies on iTunes and hit 89 on Billboard’s Top 100. “The song is memorable and compelling for the same reasons a conventional song is,” said Evan Gregory. “He’s conveying emotion and a strong personality, and that’s what we latch onto in a pop performance.”