Lunch Break Reads: The NYPD's Twitter Fail, Gabriel García Márquez, the Lost Art of Conversation, "Everything Republicans Believe is Wrong," and More / by Lars Garvey Laing-Peterson

Twitter just taught the NYPD that not all PR is good PR. To put it politely, #myNYPD was an epic fail. Evidence:

Read the full story at Vanity Fair.

Alberto Manguel and Randy Boyagoda remember Garbiel García Márquez over at Hazlitt, and it's a truly wonderful piece. If you aren't already sold by the mere mention of Hazlitt (shame on you!), here's a brief sample from Boyagoda's section:

More so than any other writer in our age, [Gabriel García Márquez] showed us how to be liberated from the dead letter confines of literary influence and from the emotional hothouse (or boring purgatory) of family history by bringing these incompatible realities together and making of them a whole new world for millions of readers to escape into. These escapes took place in presidential palaces and university dorm-rooms and airplanes and, for me, ultimately, in the musty humid guest-room of a house full of old family secrets in Sri Lanka, where One Hundred Years of Solitude became the best possible guidebook.

In a piece at the Atlantic, Paul Barnwell asks, ""Is there any 21st-century skill more important than being able to sustain confident, coherent conversation?" Even if you have your doubts about the effects of iPhones, Twitter, texting, etc., on social skills, "My Students Don't Know How to Have a Conversation" is worth a read.

Vox has a wonderful story about Access Code, a Queens-based nonprofit that taught some locals how to code iPhone apps, increasing their incomes from $15,000 to $72,000.

As reported at Stereogum, the Sundays—remember them?—are working on new music for the first time since their 1997 album, Static & Silence. Bizarrely, they broke this news in American Airlines' in-flight magazine, American Way. It's worth giving the Stereogum piece a read, if only to learn how American Way landed the exclusive news.

And while you're reading:

Thanks to Christian Baldo for posting the news on Facebook!

Apparently, Kanye West wanted James Franco and Seth Rogen to recreate their "Bound 2" parody at his upcoming wedding to Kim Kardashian. Franco said the pair declined, noting, "It would have been awesome for about 20 seconds, but then there would be Seth with his shirt off in front all the Kardashians." Smart man, that Franco.

Full story at Pitchfork.

President Barack Obama recently paid respect and tribute to Frankie Knuckles, who died on March 31. In a letter, Obama wrote that "Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together … and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe."

Full story at the Guardian.

Lost At A Minor has some "brilliantly outrageous newspaper headlines." They live up to their billing. A sample:

Makes you wonder what Chris Duncan's editor was doing when he should have been, like, editing this headline.

The Guardian reports that Quentin Tarantion's lawsuit against Gawker has been thrown out. Hopefully he won't once again abandon the project out of anger, or at least work that hate into The Hateful Eight. Or, you know, refile his case, as the judge invited him to do.

Rolling Stone is obviously enjoying the NHL playoffs, especially the intimidating presence of the Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara, and, like the big man himself, Rolling Stone doesn't mind provoking a fight (see below). The magazine claims that "everything Republicans believe is wrong." Well, maybe not everything, but Republicans are wrong about at least six things. And they're, like, big things to be wrong about, yo! The minimum wage, the stimulus, taxing (or not taxing) the rich, climate change, Obamacare, and, once again, the rich.

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Your move, Republicans.