Killings brings you our fortnightly selection of posts that have amused, enlightened and generally distracted us.

Proper spelling be damned! Should our txt lexicon become a language of the future?

The weird and wonderful images captured by Google Street View

The automaton behind Hugo

Romance novel sentence diagrams

Henry Miller’s daily routine

It was David Foster Wallace’s birthday on February 21. Here are 46 things to read and see in celebration of what would have been his 50th birthday

10 biopics that actually worked

Breaking out of 2D – another look at the possibilities of digital publishing

The torrid and occasionally crude love letters of famous authors