Tuesday, January 05, 2010

 

A clash o’er millions at Poetry

Venture capital for verse

The NY Times
does an obit of its own
on Ruth Lilly

Who reads Poetry?

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Steven Fama’s
best of everything lists

for 2009
(winner: best “bests” list)

Best book jackets of 2009

Dennis Cooper’s favorites for ‘09

Pierre Joris’ “Boxing Day Favorites”

Why “best of” lists
always fail

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I saw the best minds of my generation
portrayed by James Franco, Jeff Daniels, Treat Williams
& Mary-Louise Parker

Or cast as a vinyl figurine

Jack Kerouac bobble head doll

Don’t forget Bill Burroughs

Satori in Tangier

More Kerouac tchotchkes for the completist

Dennis McNally on the One Fast Move package
[scroll down]
(reg. req.)

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Liu Xiaobo’s 11-year sentence

Longing to escape

Authors protest Liu’s jailing

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Read globally
is the not-so-secret message
of Ray Bianchi’s first rant of the decade

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Unamuno:
Tragic Sense of Life
(reg. req.)

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Dubai Shaikh attends poetry contest

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Chalk one up for the lottery in the UK

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The poetry boom in Argentina

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Finding poetry in Chicago

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What if community is the problem,
not the solution?

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Talking with Eileen Myles

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Don Belton has been stabbed to death

Justice for Don Belton

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Jaromir Horec has died

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James Kavanaugh is dead

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Carl Phillips:
gay poets “need not apply”
for Missour laureate

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Hearing Coolidge’s Crystal Text

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The day e-book sales surpassed print at Amazon

Playlists will revolutionize publishing

Can e-books save publishing?

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ditch
is one of the most ambitious books
yet published in the Issuu format
(200 pp. of innovative Canadian poetry)

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The 2009 MLA offsite reading
(unedited zip of 2 audio files: 400MB)

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Remembering Rachel Wetzsteon

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Brutus’ poems will survive death

A NY Times “catch-up” obit
on Dennis Brutus

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Talking with Annie Finch

Annie Finch
on the goddess-centered Avatar

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Talking with Alan Halsey

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Ed Baker’s
Stone Girl Epic, vol. 2
vispo ebook

Stone Girl Epic, vol. 5
(being a 283-page poem)

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Bob Brown’s Words

Al Filreis on Bob Brown

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Robert Kelly’s
personal history of Brooklyn
(part 1) (part 2) (part 3) (part 4)

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Talking with Sophie Robinson

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Charles Olson
gets a conference

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Pittsburgh’s poetry scene
has suffered 10 years of loss

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Metasexual poetics

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“Proper” English

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The library of dust

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Long, I slept good

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Ph.D. in Texts & Technology

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Tede Matthews Initiative
special events
at Modern Times in SF

Who was Tede & why he matters still

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Habermas
& the Unfinished Project of Modernity

(reg. req.)

Post-China modernity
won’t include the West

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Dawn Lundy Martin’s
A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering

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Jennifer Karmin:
How to write about Africa

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Linton Kwesi Johnson in Jamaica

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Han Shan’s Cold Mountain

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Poetry in the US Senate?

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The pun in the title of
Alfred “Kip” Yuson’s latest book

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Prospects of the rare book trade

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Friday, Jan. 8 @ 7:30 PM
Donna Stonecipher & Zachary Shomburg
at Open Books in Seattle

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The technology of letters
& end of a year

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My vomitous blog manifesto

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The weird book room

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Australia’s Bush Laureate awards
are down to the finalists

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Grass’ Stasi file is coming to print

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Talking with Ben Friedlander

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How e-books
change reading & writing

What reading does to the mind

UK literacy campaign is dumbing it down

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TSA bans reading
during international flights

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The Worst MLA Ever

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Talking with Anselm Berrigan

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Rachel Hadas in The New Yorker

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Invisible flaws too apparent

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Walter Bargen
has survived his 2-year term
as Missouri’s laureate

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Willis Barnstone’s New Testament

David Rosenberg’s Bible

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A live chat with Lydia Davis

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Herta Müller’s “discontinued people”

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Mahmoud Darwish’s If I Were Another

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Learning to accept rejection slips

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Paul Fry’s course on literary theory

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Using the typewriter
in the 21st century

The MLA & digital humanities

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A free whoopie cushion with every book

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Talking with Emily Warn

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Connecticut is out looking
for a new poet laureate

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Bob Stanley
is Sacramento’s laureate

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The MLA is a gerontocracy

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Recent changes in testosterone poisoning
in the American novel

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Robert Frost, taking attendance

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The path of poetry in Lancaster, PA

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Jenny Joseph’s Nothing Like Love

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Samuel Menashe,
concise poet

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Stanley Moss vs. God

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CA Conrad’s
Advanced Elvis Course
is the “most interesting” book
Tim Brown
read in ‘09

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Everything Geof Huth did in 2009

The 176 books of poetry,
8 anthologies, 8 journals
& 16 other poetry-related books
Eileen Tabios read in 2009

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150 books read in 2009
by Elizabeth J Colen

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AbeBook’s 2009 year in review

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Tony Trehy on freedom vs. constraint

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Faith-based grammar

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Boog Reader 4
is now online
(with 48 NYC poets,
& 24 DC poets)

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Nurses & writing

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Japan’s best selling book in 2009:
1Q84

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The new Fact-Simile
has a big interview & feature with
Keith & Rosmarie Waldrop
plus other good stuff
(including Dale Smith on Rodrigo Toscano)

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Steal these books

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Campbell McGrath in The New Yorker

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Talking with Michael Robbins

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Random sentence generator

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Tolstoy in Chechnya

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Blogging & the arts in Malawi

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Augusta Webster & the monolog

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Brent Goodman’s
The Brother Swimming Beneath Me

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On the “necessity” of bad reviews

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Editor & Publisher
suspends operations,
still hoping for zombiehood

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Rasskazy:
New Fiction from a New Russia

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Talking with Mitchell Parry

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Ten words you need to stop misspelling

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The lasting influence of
Eleanor Ross Taylor

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The Carrier’s Address
as a genre of poetry

Brown’s archive of same

Time to revive Christmas chaps?

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Luis Cernuda’s
Desolation of the Chimera

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Eric McHenry on
Phil Levine, Katha Pollitt, Mary Jo Bang & Patty Seyburn

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the world / is no different

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Women & jealousy in the poetry of Faiz

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Scarriet’s “brief history of poetry”
ignores 95%
of the New American poetry,
all of the Objectivists

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Philip K. Dick:
“How to Build a Universe
That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later”
(reg. req.)

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Reb Livingston’s
Dream Poet Anthology

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Zadie Smith on how to read fiction

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Chinese Love Lyrics

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Talking with Gregory Betts

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Bad moods yield better texts

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Writers put Edmonton on map

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Daniel Nester:
Not inappropriate, just annoying
(scroll down)

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New Year’s haiku

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Freud for thought
(hint: that’s how they pronounce
Freud St. in Detroit)

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John Casteen’s Free Union

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Alain Badiou:
Handbook of Inaesthetics

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Is GirlDrive secretly
(or not so secretly)
ageist?

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12 things that became obsolete
in the last decade

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The MLA & academic labor

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Reasons to fuck poetry

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Talking with David Biespiel

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mIEKAL aND’s
“alphabets hold sekret”

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What nouns name

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Minnesota literary news

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Rehabbing Chaucer

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Talking with Wendy Cope

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Old bards

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Talking with Edmund White

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A Queen’s Medal for Don Paterson

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Lebowski studies

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The right wing hijacks a genre

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The next literary superstar:
Abraham Verghese

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Bruce Sterling:
State of the World 2010

Linh Dinh’s
State of the Union

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Save Lascaux!

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Arthur Danto:
“Concerning Mental Pictures”
(reg. req.)

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Alan Moore’s history
of 25,000 years
of erotic art

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14 years of mail art
& other collabs
between Reid Wood & Karl Young

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David Levine has died

A Levine database

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Jacques Derrida:
The Truth in Painting
(reg. req.)

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Coming in February:
the medium is tedium

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John Berger
on reading images
(reg. req.)

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East of West LA

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Last week for Wallace Berman
@ Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in NYC

Trippy West Coast Surrealism

Is This Any Kind of Mother for an Orphan Foal?

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Quietism in painting
finds its perfect expression

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Schjeldahl on Orozco

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Daniel Buren:
“The Function of the Studio”
(reg. req.)

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Rome’s new Maxxi Museum

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Architecture’s empty stare:
the Dubai Burj

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Walter Behrendt:
“The Victory of the New Building Style”
(reg. req.)

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Lynn Behrendt sound files

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Alvin Curran remembers Maryanne Amacher

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Frank Wilson on Teachout’s Armstrong

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From Byron to My Chemical Romance

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John Lennon in Ann Arbor
for John Sinclair

John & Yoko’s “Mission Accomplished”

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30 years of Shylock

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Tom Clark on The White Ribbon

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Why right-handers sit
to the right of
the movie screen

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Deleuze, Cinema & National Identity
(reg. req.)

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Buffy the Cylon?

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Good without God

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David Harvey:
reading Capital now
(with links to a 13-video course
on same)

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Resolved:
to be more radical

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Reinventing history

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Readability -
“the single best tech idea of 2009”
says David Pogue

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