Curiosities

August 27, 2010

A resolution 1

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On the relative statuses of literary, mainstream, and genre fiction: a resolution. (From Stephanie Anderson, manager of WORD in Brooklyn.)

August 26, 2010

How to be a Good Literary Loser 0

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Rick Gekoski, previously shortlisted for the PEN/Ackerley prize, talks about what it means to be a good literary loser, at Guardian: “And as soon as the winner is announced and it isn’t you,” Colm Tóibín observed, “the cameraman just walks away, and you are left there at the table trying to look composed, and you […]

August 26, 2010

Playboy and Madame Bovary 0

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Macy Halford at Book Bench imagines Playboy as the Madame Bovary of the 1950s.

August 26, 2010

Interview with A.S. Byatt 1

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Guardian posts an interesting video interview with A.S. Byatt about poetry, her novel The Children’s Book, and our persistent interest in ourselves.

August 25, 2010

Jonathan Lethem’s New York 0

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At The Rumpus, Richard Greenwald writes about the novels of Jonathan Lethem, urban gentrification, and the Sisyphean feat of achieving authenticity in New York.

August 25, 2010

How Much Does A Writer Make? 0

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How much does a writer make? The Rejecter (“I don’t hate you. I just hate your query letter”) breaks it down.

August 25, 2010

Looking for Mr. Goodreads 0

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TNR‘s Ruth Franklin test-drives a new online dating service that “purports to match people based on their taste in literature.” Spoiler alert: Sebald lovers appear to be out of luck.

August 24, 2010

Tao Lin: The Next Big Thing? 0

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At Salon, Daniel Roberts profiles Tao Lin, the next big thing in urban hipster lit. According to the skinny jeans-clad hipsters reading his books on the L train, at least. Says one: “That guy is the next big thing.”

August 24, 2010

All the Sad Young Literary Women 0

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Are New York Times book reviewers biased toward writers who are “white and male and live in Brooklyn”? Chris Jackson at The Atlantic laments all the sad young literary women.

August 24, 2010

52 Years Since Lolita 0

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52 years since Lolita: The Reader’s Almanac recounts the many publishers who turned down Nabokov’s masterpiece in 1953. From one rejection letter: “I recommend that it be buried under a stone for a thousand years.” (via @ElectricLit)