Curiosities

July 26, 2014

Wells Tower on Your TV Screen 3

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Talk about burying the lede. This article about Alec Baldwin’s return to television acting, and how he’ll be playing “a Rob Ford-type mayor of New York,” doesn’t make a big deal out of the show’s pilot writer. But it should. Because his name is Wells Tower.

July 26, 2014

Two Tumblrs Worth Seeing 1

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Consider these two Tumblrs as late additions to my three-part (one, two, three) taxonomy of literary blogs. Writers at Work is three years in the making, so we’re a bit late to the party, but Erasing Infinite, which creates erasure poems out of each page of Infinite Jest, looks like it’s got a long way to go […]

July 26, 2014

The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York 0

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This September, OR Books will publish Tales of Two Cities, an anthology of short fiction focused on economic inequality in New York City. Among its contributors are some familiar names: Junot Díaz, Lydia Davis, Dave Eggers, Colum McCann, Téa Obreht, Zadie Smith, and Teju Cole. The volume will also be illustrated by Molly Crabapple, whose […]

July 26, 2014

New Stoppard on the Way 0

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A new Tom Stoppard play entitled “The Hard Problem” will open next January at the UK’s Dorfman Theatre. The production will be Stoppard’s first new play since “Rock N’ Roll” in 2006.

July 26, 2014

“It is not enough to have his idea.” 0

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Recommended Reading: Four poems by Darin Ciccotelli are up at BOMB.

July 25, 2014

Where’s Ursula? 0

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Recommended Reading: “Ursula’s Curse,” an excerpt from a forthcoming Eugene Lim novel. The piece’s protagonist seems less concerned with the end of his life (and maybe the human race) than he is with remembering an artist who tried to reach “a limit to the art market’s baseness.”

July 25, 2014

Bellow’s Heir 0

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As Nick Richardson notes for the London Review of Books, Saul Bellow’s son, Adam, has his hands full these days. When he’s not maintaining a site devoted to conservative “literature,” he’s extolling the virtues of conservative fiction writers you “probably have never heard of — and won’t, if the powers that rule the lit-crit, fanfic, […]

July 25, 2014

The Literature of Skateboarding 0

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Joel Rice has a new column up at McSweeney’s, in which he looks at “the literature of skateboarding.” All in all, this kind of reflective writing should pair nicely with Nick Courage’s fantastic Paris Review piece from last month. (Bonus: Rice’s column linked above also features a nice little bit of David Foster Wallace memorabilia.)

July 25, 2014

Station Eleven Preview 0

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A. A. Knopf posted the first chapter of our own Emily St. John Mandel’s new novel, Station Eleven, on Scribd for all to see and enjoy.

July 25, 2014

Christian Grey: Coming to a Theatre Near You 0

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The theatrical trailer for the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey was released this week. If you’re keeping track, that means we’ve now got a film based on fan fiction written about another film adapted from a schlocky romance novel involving vampires. (Come at me, Twilight fans.)