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Two recent signs of hope today in creative literary endeavors:

Looking for some short fiction with that burrito?

Vanity Fair reports that Chipotle cups will now feature original stories by Jonathan Safran Foer, Toni Morrison, George Saunders, and others.

In a second compelling story, The New York Times Arts Beat reports that “In Praise of Air,” a poem by British poet Simon Armitage, has been “installed on a building along a busy road at the University of Sheffield, England, and billed as the world’s first bit of air-cleansing verse.”

The article continues: “The installation, a collaboration between Mr. Armitage and the chemist Tony Ryan, both professors at the university, is an unusual marriage of medium and message. Its 16 lines are inscribed on a 33-by-66-foot plaque coated with microscopic particles of titanium dioxide, which use sunlight and oxygen to react with nitrogen oxide pollutants and purify the air.

‘This poem alone will eradicate the nitrogen oxide pollution created by about 20 cars every day,’ Mr. Ryan, who invented the formula, said in a statement.”


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