Curiosities

April 15, 2012

A Dramatized Curiosity About Our Oceans 0

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If this Curiosity was presented to you in person, it’d go like this: “Hey, Nick, you haven’t posted a beautiful video in a while.” “Oh, I’m sorry. Here’s a 1080p visualization of the ocean’s surface currents between 2005-2007. It looks like Van Gogh painted it.”

April 15, 2012

Podcasts For Writers 0

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Writers, are you looking for some great podcasts to play on your way to work? Jon Reiss is rounding up his favorites just for you, then. Here’s part one, which we especially endorse because our friend Brad Listi gets mentioned first.

April 15, 2012

Picador’s Tumblr Makes Up For Lost Time 0

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The Picador folks joined Tumblr recently (like we asked) and they’re making up for lost time already. They’ve already instituted something called “Sunday Sontag,” and they’ve posted a Spotify playlist comprised of 140 “contextually literary” tracks.

April 14, 2012

He Just Keeps Going and Going and Going 1

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As the publication date nears for Robert Caro’s latest Lyndon Johnson installment, The Passage of Power, it’s a good idea to brush up on your history of Caro’s career. Enter Charles McGrath and his great portrait of one of the most prolific biographers of all time.

April 14, 2012

The Best Lincoln 0

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The Morning Edition crew sifts through nearly 15,000 biographies of Abraham Lincoln in order to determine the best of the best. Janet Potter, you have your work cut out for you.

April 14, 2012

Hey, Fleming Estate: I’m Available To Write One, Too 0

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Any Human Heart author William Boyd has been tapped to write the newest James Bond novel, the Ian Fleming estate has announced. Just so we know what to expect: his favorite Bond installment was From Russia with Love.

April 14, 2012

One Award To Rule Them All 0

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Over at Book Riot, Jeff O’Neal’s asking readers to vote for their favorite literary award… based on the quality of each one’s backlist.

April 14, 2012

In Which F. Scott Fitzgerald Gets Compared to The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson 0

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Kirk Curnutt takes readers on a tour of of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s oft-neglected commercial short fiction. Fitzgerald, after all, “produced 160 short stories [in his life],” writes Curnutt, “earning a total of $241,453 off the genre — more than $3 million in today’s dollars.” Yet the author didn’t think highly of the work, and even […]

April 13, 2012

“I did most of my reading at the International House of Pancakes.” 0

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David Sedaris chats with The New York Times about his reading habits in the first installment of their latest series, “By the Book.”

April 13, 2012

Overshadowed But Not Overlooked 0

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In addition to the shortlist for the IMPAC, the 2012 Guggenheim Fellows and the shortlist for the prestigious sci-fi accolades, The Hugo Awards (including the exotic subgenre Semiprozine), were announced yesterday.