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Monday Miscellany

A word of warning: Unless you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, don’t—really, just don’t—visit The Dick Cavett Show‘s YouTube channel.

From the we-all-make-mistakes file—specifically, page 97 of Hanif Abdurraqib’s Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest: “And if [Wu-Tang Clan’s Rza] viewed the main function of the sample as something to be manipulated, it almost didn’t matter what it’s original form was.”

Agnes Callard on the philosophy of small talk.

Still here? Dick Cavett too pedestrian for you? Try Firing Line, then.

Another stellar Guardian Long Read: “What links an eccentric Oxford classics don, billionaire US evangelicals, and a tiny, missing fragment of an ancient manuscript? Charlotte Higgins unravels a multimillion-dollar riddle.”



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