Curiosities

February 27, 2011

Creative Welding 0

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How can we not link to this? Mickey Hess creates a mock-Millions essay in refashioning Cathy Day’s essay about “the novel problem” in MFA programs as “The Light-Bulb Filament Problem: 7 Thoughts on Academia’s Sheet Metal Crisis.” Clever response to the ongoing MFA debate or just plain silly?

February 25, 2011

Listening to David Foster Wallace 1

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One measure of a writer may be the quality of the thinking he elicits in others. Here, in advance of The Pale King, is an uncommonly perceptive BBC radio documentary about David Foster Wallace.

February 25, 2011

PW Reviews Late American Novel and More 0

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The book I co-edited, The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, got its Publishers Weekly review this week – a very nice writeup. Also spotted this week, a longer consideration of the book at tumblr Feriatus.

February 25, 2011

Jane Pratt & Tavi Gevinson’s New Rag 0

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Attention Sassy and Jane fans: Infant savant/fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson and Jane Pratt (founder of Sassy and Jane) are starting a new magazine.  The publication’s a bit of a mystery right now (no name or website yet), but if you want to be notified when the project launches, click here to get on the e-mail […]

February 23, 2011

Tim Burton’s Rejection Letter 0

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Letters of Note posts the rejection letter aspiring artist Tim Burton received in 1976 (when he was 18) for his children’s book, “The Giant Zlig,” that he sent to Walt Disney in hopes that they would publish it.

February 23, 2011

First Draft of Infinite Jest 0

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“Behind every great work, there is an ink-stained piece of notebook paper.” Here is the first page of a handwritten draft of Infinite Jest.

February 23, 2011

Move Over, Wittgenstein’s Mistress 0

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Frankly, it’s just pretty hard to beat Raskolnikov’s Inbox.

February 23, 2011

The 3 Quarks Daily annual Arts and Literature Prize! 0

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The 3 Quarks Daily annual prize for Arts and Literature blog writing has been announced!  Nominations are open in the comments of the announcement.  This year’s judge is author, professor, blogger, intellect Laila Lalami.  Dear readers, feel free to nominate any Millions writing you enjoyed here. And to the guest contributors out there, be sure […]

February 22, 2011

Supporting PBS 0

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A handy infographic explaining why PBS, in the face of a resolution in Congress to eliminate its federal funding, deserves our support.

February 22, 2011

Titular Oddities 0

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The shortlist for the Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of 2010 has been announced. Among the hopefuls: Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way.