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We have deepened our knowledge of the archives as a special experience for the authors and authors of Page-Turner and compiled this carefree introduction to the practicalities of literature writing. James Thurber wrote a humorous play in 1927 with comments on popular literature by young and old. In 1981 Donald Barthelme's "Challenge" (published under the alias William White) described how the "lean, space-saving" Japan publication superseded the "big, bulky" US magazine:
In the spirit of the Jap oneseension, anchored in the Ma idea, or room that connects to the times, was large, direct, ultramodern, yet cozy. This was a consumer mind that was pleasant, distributed all over the couch on a Sunday breakfast, and that carried its technologies easily, like a raincover made of rain.
Simultaneously, the test stand testing of the new Japan Review showed a wild degree of efficacy. For example, the Nalamichi Model 500 was able to deconstruct a medium-length volume in seven seconds, with a bias of 0.5 percent, a signal-to-noise ration of 124 db and a 60 dB attenuation coefficient - a masterpiece of technology that goes far beyond the capabilities of US reviewing.
In 1962-63, during the St. Clair McKelway press strikes, St. Clair McKelway compiled "A Cluster of All-Purpose Books Reviews" for those reading it. Here is an excerpt from his reviews of new civil war publications: Turner Florsheim and Albert Cordovan.... have entirely new and entertaining reports about the footwear Grant was wearing in and out of war and peace... and the footwear Lee wears.
It is interesting that Florsheim seems to have erased for all times the mistaken belief that Grant was wearing 10-Cs at Culpeper, that was the shoesize he always had. Florsheim undoubtedly finds out from old documentation and with the help of a state-of-the-art footwear dipstick that Grant only used to wear 10-Cs at Culpeper because he had developing heavy chicken eyes at Rattleberry and that, after resting his limbs in a cavern under Culpeper during the war, he returned to his normal 10-Bs.
Odds " (translated by Michael Kandel), Stanislaw Lem's 1978 book, is a retrospective of two imagined volumes on the probabilities of Professor Cezar Kouska. This existentially minded critic reflects on what Kouska has to say about the low chance of ever being born: Every man is..... the first price in a Lotterie as it was - in the kind of Lotterie, moreover, where the winner is a teragigamegamulticentrillion-to-one shoot.
That is why Professor Kouska replies that no matter how unlikely a thing happens when it happens, it happens. It is also because in an average sweepstakes we see the large number of lost lots along with the winning lotteries, while in the existential sweepstakes the lots are nowhere to be seen.
"The odds that are lost in the Lotteries of Being are invisible," Professor Kouska states. Suckow's "A Complete Guide for Buch Reviewers", released in 1927, was meant to "reduce the intellectual work of up-and-coming critics". These are her hints on how to finish a briefing: