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Caffeinated Links: Emma Watson and Miles Teller Costar, 10 Most Anticipated 2015 Poetry Books

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Emma Watson and Miles Teller are almost certainly going to star together in Damian Chazelle’s next project, an oldschool MGM-style musical set in LA called La La Land. Damian Chazelle’s Whiplash, which was my favorite movie of 2014 along with Guardians of the Galaxy, just got five Oscar nominations. Emma Watson is one of my favorite people for her fierce, poised, intelligent self, and Miles Teller is my favorite 20-something actor after his knockout, charismatic, incredibly human performance as a drummer prodigy in Whiplash. THIS is a dream. RT

Flavorwire has the 10 Most Anticipated Poetry Books of 2015. “Although many books aren’t slated until later in the first quarter, 2015 is already shaping up to be a major year for American poetry, especially with the return of favorites like Mary Jo Bang, new collected works from masters like Jorie Garaham, and a book from perhaps our greatest living poet, John Ashbery. Add to this mix the rediscovery (or first translation) of forgotten yet undeniably major poets like Alejandra Pizarnik and the arrival of younger poets like Uljana Wolf, and it’s clear that poetry in America is firing on all cylinders.” RT

Flavorwire also killed it with a beautiful retrospective on T.S. Eliot’s quintessential “The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock.” “Thomas Stearns Eliot began writing “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in 1910, at the age of twenty-two. The poem was published five years later, when Ezra Pound, whom Eliot met and befriended as an expatriate in Europe, sent it to Poetry in Chicago, adding: “This is as good as anything I’ve ever seen.” This year, then, marks the 100 year anniversary of Prufrock’s imaginative journey into the half-deserted streets, the one-night cheap hotels, and the chambers of the sea.” RT

Blinkboxx Books created an infographic of the ages at which famous authors were first published and first hit it big, respectively, and it’s  both fascinating and highly encouraging for aspiring novelists. “Haruki Murakami hitting his stride at 34 with A Wild Sheep Chase and Gabriel Garcia Marquez penning One Hundred Years of Solitude at 41, so don’t give up hope yet—or ever.” RT

Benedict Cumberbatch talks baby names with Ellen Degeneres. RT

Quotidian: Stephen Colbert

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Caffeinated Links: America’s Tea Consumption, Baby Groot Beats all other Marvel Movies, Scots Claiming Independence

dancing.baby_.groot_ The Washington Post has a great update on America’s tea consumption

“The U.S. market for tea has more than quadrupled during the past twenty-plus years—from just under $2 billion in 1990 to just over $10 billion last year—according to the U.S. Tea Association. Demand for the herbal beverage has now been growing at a healthy clip for decades. By weight, Americans now drink almost 20 percent more of the herbal beverage than they did back in 2000, according to market research firm Euromonitor.” RT

The Scots are considering independence (and all I can think about is this).

“The people of Scotland are to be offered a historic opportunity to devise a federal future for their country before next year’s general election, it emerged on Saturday night, as a shock new poll gave the campaign for independence a narrow lead for the first time.” RT

Guardians of the Galaxy has now exceeded Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger is global gross total. You keep sashayin’, Baby Groot. RT

Darren Franich at EW on a study of the effect of watching Michael bay movies – “Technically, the study doesn’t specifically state that watching a Michael Bay movie is the equivalent of stuffing your mouth with M&Ms™ and then filling your overstuffed mouth with Coca-Cola™ while driving a 2013 Chevrolet™ Venture™ with Mark Wahlberg in the backseat screaming “I’M AN INVENTOR!!!” while he shotguns a Bud Light™ and plays Xbox™. But the study also doesn’t not say that.” RT

Fiona McCrae, publisher of Graywolf Press, had some great things to say about publishing in the age of the Internet. “There are dozens of obstacles to any given book succeeding. If a book succeeds it always does so against the odds. The odds in one generation might relate to the fact that people would rather be watching television than reading your book. The odds in the next generation might be that they’d rather be on their computer than reading your book. Once it was that people would rather be riding a bicycle than reading your book. It doesn’t do any good to be talking, as an author or publisher, about the obstacles. There are better uses of energy, I think. Yes, we can all feel helpless and wary in this industry sometimes, but it’s better, as a publisher, to look at the ways in which e-books and Twitter and so on can help us reach new readers, rather than treating social media as an enemy to literature.” RT

Caffeinated Links: Travel, Coffee, Books, TV, India

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How to Fit Two Week of Luggage under the Airplane Seat in Front of You, via Lifehacker

Clever Coffee Dripper Brewing, via Coffee Cup News. “If you are looking for a new way to brew coffee with a low cost of entry the Clever Coffee Dripper is a great brew method to consider.”

Amazon Launches Imprint for Literary Fiction, via Mashable. “After launching imprints for lower brow (and frequently, better-selling) genres like fantasy and sci-fimysteries and thrillers, and romance, Amazon’s Publishing Group is establishing a seventh imprint for literary fiction, called Little A.”

gorgeous set of Peter & Wendy/ Eleven & Amy parallels, in GIF form via Mary on Tumblr. They are completely magical.

The Huge Cost of India’s Discrimination Against Women, via The Atlantic

“Imagine a country where the most powerful political figure, two billionaires , three of the most dominant regional politicians, several prominent CEOs, and half of local government representatives are women. Now imagine that, in that same country, one-third of adult women are illiterate, spousal rape is not illegal, and sex-selective abortion and female infanticide are still widely practiced.”

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