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Time Wisely: 1/27/12

Happy Friday! Here’s a roundup of how we procrastinated this week.

1. These 24 Books Have Actually Been PublishedDon’t dismay, writers. If Butter Safe Than Sorry made it to the printer, there’s hope for us all. (via BuzzFeed)

2. Hierarchy of Publishing:The Publicity Director at Knopf, Paul Bogaard, shares his hilariously depressing take on the industry. (via The Rumpus)

3. Elmore Leonard’s Rules of Writing: “I allow three exclamation points every 100,000 words,” Leonard says. What a badass. (via Uncharted Books)

4. How Helvetica Conquered the World: A weirdly compelling article on the “emotional appeal” of the font that is everywhere. (via Co.Design)

5. Do Ho Suh’s Incredible ‘Floor’ Installation: Thousands of miniature plastic figures under glass—and so durable, you can stand on it. (via Huffington Post)

5. How to Write Like a Funny Woman: A woman signs up for Improv 101 and finds nuggets of writing wisdom at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. (via The Rumpus)

6. Zeitguished’s ‘Concrete Misplots’: Homes Made From Gorgeous Glitches: Mistakes made thanks to a technical glitch become beautiful art. (via Huffington Post)

7. 6 Reasons It’s Impossible to Find Funny Books: ”I want books that are as funny as Ghostbusters or The Simpsons.” says Daniel O’Brien. (via Cracked)

8. The Post Family: Digital designers get their hands dirty: Chicago’s own art and design collective was featured on the BBC. Hometown pride! (via BBC)