Curiosities

June 30, 2014

“The flamboyant misanthrope and the restrained one” 1

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If you’ve ever had a successful friend you secretly envied and maybe even hated, you may be in startlingly good company: a new reading of an old letter between Groucho Marx and T.S. Eliot indicates that the “flamboyant misanthrope and the restrained one” shared exactly this kind of frenemyship. Unrelated: a short recording of Eliot reading “The Naming of Cats.”

June 30, 2014

The other work of a creative 0

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“What you might call an invisible economy of house sitters exists across the country,” writes Aaron Gilbreath in the Paris Review. His account of the generosity and clean counter-spaces of friends is a humbling reminder of the flip side of creative work.

June 30, 2014

Citizen Bezos 0

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Jeff Bezos married a novelist, “expressed a passionate devotion to books”, and may be the one person mild-mannered indie bookshop owners hate more than any other. How’d that happen? After perusing a short history from the New York Review of Books, see for yourself with our vintage news announcements on Amazon’s innovations in pay-per-page pricing, now-old products like the Kindle, and […]

June 29, 2014

Rowling on “the Literati.” 0

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Does The Silkworm, which came out last week, give readers insight into how its author, Robert Galbraith – er, J.K. Rowling – feels about the publishing community? Elizabeth Winkler takes a look.

June 29, 2014

“This is the biography of a book.” 0

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NPR has an excerpt from The Most Dangerous Book, Kevin Birmingham’s look at “the battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses.”

June 29, 2014

Laissez les Bons Livres Roulent 0

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If you’re like me and you’re interested in all things Big Easy, you’ll be very excited by the offerings on the Times-Picayune’s “Summer Book List for New Orleans.”

June 29, 2014

E-Reading: Up. E-Readers: Down. 0

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Young Money author Kevin Roose provides a glimpse at “What the Future of Reading Looks Like.” His prediction does not bode well for the makers of e-readers, though, and it’s not because e-books are on the wane. On the contrary, it’s because “when people read e-books, they’re doing it on their existing tablets and smartphones, […]

June 29, 2014

“Cue the 8-bit music” 0

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Recommended Reading: Two poems by S.P. MacIntyre.

June 28, 2014

An Excerpt from the New Knausgaard 0

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Here’s one for all you Knausgaard fans: Newsday has a short excerpt from My Struggle: Book Three. (Related: if you’re not yet a Knausgaard fan, allow Jonathan Callahan to extend an invitation to the club.)

June 28, 2014

Next In Line from Two Dollar Radio 0

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Is there an indie press that consistently punches up as high and as successfully as Two Dollar Radio? They’re the ones who unleashed The Orange Eats Creeps onto our shelves three years ago, and they followed it up shortly thereafter with the breakout work of Scott McClanahan. Now? Now they’re poised for a threepeat with […]