Curiosities

October 26, 2010

Complete Archive of Paris Review Interviews Available Online 0

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Lorin Stein has made the complete archive of The Paris Review interviews available for free online. The New York Times explains why this is such fantastic news: “The first issue of The Paris Review contained an interview with E.M. Forster. The new issue contains two, with Norman Rush…and the French controversialist Michel Houellebecq. In between there […]

October 25, 2010

Book-Buying While Intoxicated 0

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“Because I am a writer, people sometimes ask me how ebooks have changed the literary landscape. The short answer, for me, is that I have developed a compulsion to drunk-dial Agatha Christie several times a week.” Elif Batuman on buying (and reading) while intoxicated, at Guardian.

October 25, 2010

Martin Amis on Philip Larkin’s Love Letters 0

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“Much of the time, though, readers will be thinking that the ‘literary correspondence’ is something we’re well shot of – a postwar embarrassment, like child labour, meat rationing and outdoor toilets.” Martin Amis reviews the recent collection of Philip Larkin’s love letters, Letters to Monica, at Guardian.

October 24, 2010

Interview with David Bajo 0

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An interview with the author David Bajo, on his new novel Panopticon: “I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of privacy, especially how our society constantly seeks ways to invade it technologically, how we consistently undermine it by happily participating in digital omniscience, yet how we are outraged by the pain that technology and that […]

October 23, 2010

Reconsidering Jane 0

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A scholar studying Jane Austen’s original manuscripts finds “we have simply overestimated her as a perfect English stylist at the expense of how experimental she was.”

October 22, 2010

Illustrating Finnegans Wake 1

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Wake In Progress is a blog that records one artist’s “foolhardy attempt to illustrate Finnegans Wake.” (via The Rumpus)

October 22, 2010

Type In Your Own Handwriting 0

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Galley Cat links to an online program that allows you to turn your handwriting into a computer font – so you can literally type in your own handwriting.

October 22, 2010

The Small Press and the Big Prize 0

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McPherson & Co. typically does print runs of just 2,000 books. With the tiny press about to put out Jaimy Gordon’s National Book Award-nominated Lord of Misrule, Barnes & Noble alone wants 2,000, and the question is how many to print.

October 22, 2010

Ben Greenman Interviewed 0

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Ben Greenman, a favorite around here, interviewed at Failbetter.

October 22, 2010

Meeting Mr. Jacobson 0

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“A funny thing happened when Howard Jacobson won the Man Booker Prize last Tuesday… a smattering of people who were not even related to Mr. Jacobson stood and cheered.” A profile of the new Booker winner and an exploration of his winning book, The Finkler Question, in the New York Times.