Curiosities

February 4, 2010

Letters to Jerry 0

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Novelist Joanna Smith Rakoff once handled J.D. Salinger’s fan mail.  (via.)

February 4, 2010

First Lines of the New David Mitchell 6

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Here are the first lines of the new David Mitchell novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, forthcoming in July: “‘Miss Kawasemi?’ Orito kneels on a stale and sticky futon. ‘Can you hear me?’ In the rice paddy beyond the garden, a cacophony of frogs detonates. Orito dabs the concubine’s sweat-drenched face with a […]

February 3, 2010

Fug Life 0

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For those who like their celebrity fashion with a voluptuous lashing of satire, this Fug’s for you.  Check out the maybe-not-so-pretty fashion blog Go Fug Yourself‘s Grammy Awards coverage–or lack of coverage, as was (quelle suprise!) the case with Britney Spears.

February 3, 2010

Fish N a Barrel 0

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The Vault chooses the “20 Worst Hip-Hop Album Covers”. Sorry, South Coast Shorty.

February 3, 2010

The Brits Are Wrong… 0

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If you’re not watching Masterpiece Theatre’s toothsome Emma on Sundays, Jane Austen enthusiasts, you should be. No zombies. We promise.

February 3, 2010

In Defense of Anti-Writing 0

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Over at the handsomely redesigned Open Letters Monthly, yours truly weighs in on William T. Vollmann.

February 2, 2010

Tuesday, New Release Day 0

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Don DeLillo’s slim new volume Point Omega is out. The Wall Street Journal recently published a piece on DeLillo that explains how the movie Psycho helped inspire the book. Also new this week is Louise Erdrich’s new novel Shadow Tag

February 1, 2010

Bill Watterson Speaks 0

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The Cleveland Plain-Dealer published an interview with Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, reportedly his first since 1989. The Washington Post talked to the Plain-Dealer reporter about how he scored an interview with the reclusive cartoonist.

January 29, 2010

Greed is Good Again 0

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There’s a trailer out for the upcoming sequel to Wall Street. Gordon Gekko and his giant mobile phone are back. He is joined, regrettably, by Shia LaBeouf.

January 29, 2010

The Onion Remembers Salinger 0

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The Onion headline Bunch Of Phonies Mourn J.D. Salinger: “In this big dramatic production that didn’t do anyone any good (and was pretty embarrassing, really, if you think about it), thousands upon thousands of phonies across the country mourned the death of author J.D. Salinger, who was 91 years old for crying out loud.”