Curiosities

October 20, 2014

Chance Meetings 0

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In 1817, the painter Robert Benjamin Haydon invited several guests over for what he called an “immortal dinner.” Why the bombastic name? The guests included Keats and Wordsworth, whom Haydon wished to introduce to each other. In the WaPo, Michael Dirda takes a look at The Immortal Evening, a new book about the event by Stanley Plumly.

October 19, 2014

What’s the point? 0

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“What’s the point of reading literature?” Electric Literature shares a video that offers a compelling 4-point answer.

October 19, 2014

Chandra on Hemingway 0

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It’s no secret we enjoy and highly recommend The Atlantic‘s By Heart series, and Vikram Chandra‘s essay on reading Hemingway is no exception. Pair with Jonathan Goldman‘s review of a modern edition of The Sun Also Rises.

October 19, 2014

Fate and Fiction 0

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Recommended reading: Catherine Lacey writes for Granta about “The Question of Fate” and fiction writing.

October 18, 2014

Hemingwrite 0

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Modern technology has finally developed a device that aims to aid all perpetually distracted writers – the cleverly titled Hemingwrite.

October 18, 2014

Writing History 0

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Laila Lalami recently wrote about “How History Becomes Story,” but writing an interesting and compelling history book sans fiction has its own challenges. Thankfully S.C. Gwynne offers some tips in a piece for the History News Network, including the hard-hitting reminder that “it is your job to force your facts into narrative form.”

October 18, 2014

“Aftermath and Armageddon” 0

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“There is something terrifying but also fascinating about contemplating the end of humanity,” and on Oct. 25th our own Edan Lepucki and Emily St. John Mandel (whose novel Station Eleven was just shortlisted for the National Book Award) will be discussing their recent apocalyptic fictions at the Texas Book Festival.

October 17, 2014

Films About Writers 0

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“There are a lot of bad movies about writers out there,” but Flavorwire has ranked the 50 best, ranging from Sylvia to The Hours to Adaptation.

October 17, 2014

YA Origins 0

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There’s been a lot of talk about Young Adult writing lately – we’ve covered it here and here and here – but where did YA come from, anyway? The New Yorker profiles writer S.E. Hinton, whose debut novel The Outsiders launched the genre, by way of answer.

October 17, 2014

“Female Essayists Seize the Day” 0

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Though major publications like The New York Times are still questioning the importance and power of female essayists, Lucy Scholes argues that women are producing “some of the best writing today” and as proof lists several of the best recent essay collections by women in a piece for The Daily Beast. Incidentally, that list includes titles […]