Curiosities

April 3, 2014

The Yellow King’s Clue 0

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Recommended Viewing: Artist Todd Spence has drawn True Detective as a series of Hardy Boys novels. Pair with: Our essay on what female detective novels to read after True Detective.

April 3, 2014

Another James Franco Film Adaptation 0

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The first trailer for the adaptation of James Franco’s Palo Alto is out. It features Emma Roberts as a teenager coming of age in the edgy California suburbs, and of course Franco makes an appearance as her teacher crush.

April 3, 2014

James Baldwin on Film 0

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James Baldwin was more famous for being an essayist and novelist, but he was also a film critic. At The Atlantic, Noah Berlatsky argues that Baldwin should be considered one of the best film critics for The Devil Finds Work.  “Baldwin shows that criticism is art, which means that it doesn’t need a purpose or […]

April 3, 2014

Women at War 0

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From The Things They Carried to Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, veteran literary fiction has always been popular, yet women are almost nowhere to be found in war literature. At The New York Times, Cara Hoffman argues that leaving women out of combat literature makes returning from war even more isolating. “They would be made […]

April 2, 2014

Pulling an Updike 0

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Authors are known to mine material from their personal relationships for their writing, but John Updike found inspiration from his interviews. After journalist William Ecenbarger wrote a profile of Updike in 1983, he found himself the subject of an Updike short story. Pair with: Our review of Updike’s Collected Stories.

April 2, 2014

Waffle House Accuracy 1

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If your characters go on a road trip, do you have to take one, too? When Mary Miller wrote The Last Days of California about a family driving from Alabama to California to meet the rapture, she hadn’t even been to the desert herself. To ensure it was accurate, though, she mapped important destinations on […]

April 2, 2014

Karen Joy Fowler wins 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award 0

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Karen Joy Fowler has won the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for her novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. A celebratory dinner will be held in her honor on May 10.

April 2, 2014

Beckett’s Bones 0

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80 years ago Samuel Beckett’s publisher rejected his short story “Echo’s Bones” because it gave him the “jim-jams.” The 13,500-word piece on the afterlife was intended for More Pricks Than Kicks until his editor Charles Prentice claimed, “People will shudder and be puzzled and confused; and they won’t be keen on analysing the shudder.” Fortunately, it […]

April 2, 2014

The Opposite of #AmWriting 0

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Writing a novel is an all-consuming project, so can you imagine not telling anyone? At The New York Times, Alice Mattison discusses keeping her novels secrets until at least the third draft. “If I talk about the book, I believe — I cannot help believing — my characters will be angry, and will no longer […]

April 2, 2014

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Film Them 0

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If eight Harry Potter movies weren’t enough, we can expect three new Warner Brothers films about J.K. Rowling’s spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The trilogy will feature the magical zoologist Newt Scamander as he goes on adventures in New York 70 years prior to the Potter characters.