While I think it overstates it's case in a couple places, The Guardian's look at the social and historical background for Frank Herbert's Dune is worth checking out. "[The Fremen] are the moral centre of the book, not an ignorant mass to be civilised. Paul does not transform them in his image, but participates in their culture and is himself transformed into the prophet Muad’Dib."
The film adaptation of David Lipsky's Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself hits theaters on July 31st. The movie is called The End of the Tour and you can watch the trailer here. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as David Lipsky, and Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace. While the film has been getting good reviews, the Vulture has an good article about what this means for how we think of Wallace now. "But before his suicide he compared his own fame only to that of a high-profile classical musician. It’s just since the Kenyon speech became the sort of chain email your dotty uncle forwards you that Wallace has been transformed into an idol of quasi-moral veneration, the bard of ironic self-loathing transformed into a beacon of earnest self-help. "
Not exactly lit-related, but The Paris Review has a brief travel/photo essay on the opening of Cuba to American tourists.
Winston Rowntree's Subnormality is probably the best webcomic around. If you go through the archives, it takes a while for him to find his voice, but it's worth it. If you want to read a stand-alone post, try Message 652.
And finally, in the realm of self-promotion, I have a poem published in the Paper Plane Pilots 4th Issue of their in-flight magazine.
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