Weekend Links: J.D. Salinger’s First Story

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“Slight Rebellion Off Madison,” J.D. Salinger’s first published story in The New Yorker and the public’s introduction to Holden Caulfield, can be read in its entirety here. (And is it possible more Salinger books are on the way?)

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Bookshelfies, a collection of reader self-portraits in front of their beloved book collections, is a good response to the age-old question, “What are you reading?”

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Can’t be bothered to fill out an online dating profile? This hilarious random text-generator will do it for you, cobbling together paragraphs of the most frequently used dating site phrases. “Beach days shoot me a message sushi Woody Allen Netflix, Werner Herzog vinyl records” sounds like a real winner!

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County fairs are ripe for people-watching and photojournalism.

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People are widely upset about the decision to cast Ben Affleck as Batman, but Louis C.K. as a proposed alternative? That’s a whole different can of worms.

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Batman, at least, has managed to make a name for himself in the superhero universe. Other heroes and villains inspired by the animal kingdom haven’t been so lucky.

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Leonard Freed’s pictures from the historic 1964 March on Washington, the 49th anniversary of which is coming up this week, depict the thousands of impassioned protestors who gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to hear Martin Luther King, Jr. speak.

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It’s almost the season for pumpkin ale, but pizza beer and oyster stout might be going too far.

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