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Video: B*tches in Bookshops Drop Beats, Name-Drop Authors

Leo Tolstoy, Michel Foucault, and George Orwell are just a handful of great authors to receive shout-outs in "Bitches in Bookshops," a video in which two young women rap about their extreme literary prowess (in the style of Jay-Z and Kanye West's recent hit, "N****s in Paris"). I knew they were playing for keeps when they threw down Anaïs Nin and Roland Barthes.

The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt just outed himself as a major Edith Wharton fan. In yesterday's  Q&A with The Awl, the singer/songwriter admitted to having composed an unreleased (so far) song containing "a description of the plot and publishing history of Ethan Frome." He also touches on Neil Gaiman and Hans Christian Andersen as songwriting muses.

Minimalist or restyled versions of famous book covers and movie posters have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity among design geeks. Here's a set of ten beautiful alternative Disney posters (here's the same designer's take on 2012's Oscar films).

Think you could recreate James Stewart's backyard view in Hitchcock's "Rear Window" from scratch? Some talented genius has done exactly that, cobbling together a panoramic landscape that shows how all the set pieces fit together, and how the action unfolds. It's enough to inspire you to turn away from the computer and (creepily) gaze out your own window for a change.