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Kurt Vonnegut’s Letters

Shaun Usher is delighted to have a copy of the new book Kurt Vonnegut: Letters, which is available for purchase today. He has published two of the letters at Letters of Note, in which the author’s fatherly side is evident. One concerns his son Mark, who received his draft notice in 1967. Here’s the first [...]

Weird Poems Accompanied By Even Weirder Drawings

Alex Sparks and Bret Hawkins are collaborating on a project called The Ninety-Nine Draft, which features oddball illustrations based on short “poems” meant to conjure strange mental images. The accompanying drawings have an extremely unique graphic style that reveals the inherently serious nature of phrases like “all my friends have antlers” and “I am becoming a [...]

5 Famous Riots and the Art They Inspired

With the chaos in the streets of London this week, we’ve been reading up on other riots in history. One thing several had in common: in addition to wreaking general havoc, they’ve inspired hit singles, feature films and more. 1. The Zoot Suit Riots That swinging, eponymous Cherry Poppin’ Daddies song that was all over the radio [...]

The Worst First Pick in Basketball History

There’s not much we can say with certainty as Thursday’s NBA draft approaches. Some team will get a terrific bargain in this draft. Some team will burn its pick on a colossal disappointment whose name will be whispered in the same breath those of uber-busts Darko Miličić and Marcus Fizer. NBA general managers should take [...]

What is the NFL Supplemental Draft?

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who had been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for NCAA rules violations, announced Tuesday that he will enter the NFL’s supplemental draft rather than return to school. Here’s a brief history of the event. What is the supplemental draft and who is eligible for it? The supplemental [...]

Bruce Jenner, John Wayne and a Newborn Baby: 18 Curious Draft Picks

It’s a guarantee that in this year’s NFL Draft, a future Hall of Famer will be selected after someone who never plays a down in the league. What we can say with equal certainty (well, almost) is that no team will try to draft a newborn baby, select a Hollywood movie star, scout from the [...]