Curiosities

November 17, 2009

The World According to Zadie 0

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The first reviews of Zadie Smith‘s new collection of essays, Changing My Mind, are in and the general line’s a non-committal, guarded praise. I think it’s wunderkind jealousy, myself.  Voici:  The L.A Times review and The San Francisco Chronicle review.

November 16, 2009

Appearing Elsewhere 0

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For those in the Bay Area, Millions contributor Edan Lepucki will be reading from her novel Days of Insignificance and Evil at the Intersection for the Arts Award Celebration tonight at 7:30 p.m.  The address is 446 Valencia St, San Francisco, 94103.

November 16, 2009

Australian Best 0

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Lit-mag Meanjin Quarterly is taking a cue from The Millions and kicking off a new series, The Best Australian Fiction of the 21st Century (so far).

November 13, 2009

Twi-Hard 0

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At The Daily Beast, a bounty of Twilight-iana, including an interview with New Moon director Chris Weitz (aka the man who ruined The Golden Compass) and pictures of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson et al before Twilight.

November 13, 2009

Profiling Edward P. Jones 0

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The Washington Post offers a long profile of the still underappreciated Edward P. Jones. We learn he hasn’t put a word of fiction to paper in four years but has been writing in his head. “‘I write a lot in my head,’ he says. ‘I’ve never been driven to write things down.’” (via @keelinmc)

November 12, 2009

Nabokov at the 92nd St Y 0

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The 92nd Street Y is gearing up for next Monday’s Celebration of Vladimir Nabokov, which falls on the eve of the publication of his last, unfinished novel, The Original of Laura. A recording of Nabokov’s only reading at the 92nd Street Y was just posted at the 92Y Blog, and includes selections from Pale Fire […]

November 12, 2009

Tracy Morgan’s Brother From Another Mother 1

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Deep thought for the day: are Tracy Morgan and MC Kool Keith actually the same person?

November 12, 2009

They Really Get Me 0

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For an invigorating jolt of proletarian/genetic bitterness, The New York Times has a “New Victorian” fashion slide show, featuring a selection of gentlemen with admirable bone structure, all in thousand-dollar cutaway coats and plaids and things.

November 12, 2009

White Wedding? 1

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Can you be a real feminist if you get married to a man while wearing a white dress and heels?

November 11, 2009

AbeBooks’ Most Expensive 0

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Online used book marketplace AbeBooks rounded up the most expensive books sold via its site in October. At the top is a collection of Scottish music from 1782 that went for $8,500. Also on the list are some collectible Tolkien and Hemingway. (Thanks, Laurie)