Curiosities

December 3, 2010

P.T. Anderson Wants to Direct Pynchon Novel 1

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Vulture reports that Paul Thomas Anderson wants to adapt Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel Inherent Vice for the big screen.

December 2, 2010

A Symmetrical but Opposite Study of Darkness and Light 0

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“I was also deeply protective of my father, who at the time of my reading was struggling with illness and other demons. Yet I saw painfully how he could also be a figure of fun. It dawned on me that Cal, supposedly a great friend, might be mocking him—even just by writing about his mockery […]

December 2, 2010

In Translation 0

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At Salonica, a holiday gift guide for lovers of international literature.

December 2, 2010

What We Talk About When We Talk About Books 0

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“The [book] review’s pre-eminence is irrefutable: most people are acquainted with far, far more books through reviews than they could ever hope to read. And that is, generally, to the good.” Joseph Mackin explores why we write and read book reviews for the New York Journal of Books.

December 2, 2010

The Bad Sex Award 0

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What’s it like to win the Literary Review‘s Bad Sex award? As 2010 “winner” Rowan Somerville reports, “It’s a hard pill to swallow … Despite the magazine’s assertion that ‘it’s only a bit of fun’ there’s an atmosphere of bullying peculiar to public schools about the whole thing.”

December 1, 2010

The Magnetic Fields: Rock’s Most Bookish Band? 0

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At the NYRB, the Magnetic Fields’ Claudia Gonson offers a sort of “Life in Reading”: “I was very into Lord Jim for a year.”

December 1, 2010

What Was the Best Book You Read in 2010? 1

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Attention @The_Millions Twitter followers: let us know the best books you read in 2010 via #yearinreading!

December 1, 2010

Margaret Atwood Talks Twitter 0

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“Time goes all stretchy in the Twittersphere, just as it does in those folk songs in which the hero spends a night with the queen of the faeries and then returns to find that 100 years have passed and all his friends are dead…” Margaret Atwood talks Twitter with Robert McCrum.

December 1, 2010

Approaching Your Literary Heroes 0

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“Why can’t we keep our literary heroes where they belong, at the top of the bookshelf next to all the others? And why must we ache for their approval, their admiration, their love?” Alex Gilvarry posts about writers who dare to approach their literary heroes for the Paris Review Daily.

December 1, 2010

Sonya Chung at Sweet: Actors Reading Writers 0

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My inner dramatist will have a debut outing at Sweet: Actors Reading Writers, Thurs. 12/2 at 7:30 pm, Three of Cups (First Ave at 5th Street, NYC). Actor Tonya Edmonds will perform an excerpt from my novel-in-progress, Sebastian & Frederick. Other featured writers: Ed Park, Amanda Filipacchi, Jonathan Dixon, Maya Pindyck.