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January 12, 2012 5:07 PM   Subscribe

Néo Fénéon: "Three thousand seven hundred dollars richer after stealing from the job, Marvin Williams, 25, of Brooklyn, went to urinate in a playground." - Items from the NYPD blotter remixed daily in the style of Félix Fénéon. (previously)
posted by mrgrimm (10 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

Teju Cole does something similar.
posted by kenko at 6:01 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]

Briar pipes?
posted by The Thnikkaman at 6:03 PM on January 12, 2012

Hmph. I was building a post about Little Fates / Fait Divers. First an article on Teju Cole and Little Fates from the New Inquiry Death By Twitter

Teju Cole writes that:
"Twitter is unbeatable for aphorism, great for anecdote, decent for poetry, useless for analysis, and the eye of a newt for surrealism."

Yet "My conundrum is how to convey the awful difficulty of life here, and yet also convey that this same life is truly normal, truly ordinary."

"Each death is described in detail. It's like the small fates meeting the dark classical past (rich in ironies but not funny)."

Examples I collated of Teju Cole’s; Little Fates on Adultery and Sex and on Death

and here is @phillygirl little fates on Philadelphia
posted by stratastar at 6:42 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]

Fénéon is the subject of two of my favorite portraits: [1] [2].
posted by lex mercatoria at 7:00 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]

Yes! Love Cole's and Phillygirl's are great too. Also enjoyed Julian Barnes' review of Fénéon.
posted by latkes at 7:59 PM on January 12, 2012

The Thnikkaman: Briar pipes?

Like so, for instance. Nearly all tobacco pipes are made from briar root.
posted by gilrain at 8:30 PM on January 12, 2012 [1 favorite]

I love Fenion, but to be honest, Neo Fenion ain't that good...


No more briar pipes. Their makers, in Saint-Claude, have stopped work until they are paid better.
posted by mrgrimm at 9:48 PM on January 12, 2012

That S.E. Thile pipe website is fantastic, gilrain. I don't smoke a pipe -- or smoke at all, now -- but I love to read about serious craftsmen and artisans. I almost wanted to start smoking again, just so I could own one of those pipes.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:33 AM on January 13, 2012

PeterMcDermott: That S.E. Thile pipe website is fantastic, gilrain.

Oh, thanks! That's actually my dad. I'm really proud of his work.
posted by gilrain at 7:53 AM on January 13, 2012 [1 favorite]

I actually know what a briar pipe is. mrgrimm answered my question though.
posted by The Thnikkaman at 7:51 PM on January 13, 2012

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