Curiosities

March 28, 2012

Someone’s in Hot Water 0

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Sure, James Cameron’s deep sea dive was cool, but talk to me when he does it in nuclear waters. Then I’ll be impressed.

March 28, 2012

Tournament of Books Zombie Round 0

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After three years of judging, and now “like one of those guys who comes back after graduation and loiters creepily around campus, remembering [his] faded glory days,” our site’s editor-in-chief C. Max Magee finally made it into the booth for the zombie round in The Morning News‘ Tournament of Books. Check out the perils of […]

March 27, 2012

More Baffler 0

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We recently noted the return of The Baffler. Robert Birnbaum recently interviewed the magazine’s new publisher John H. Summers.

March 27, 2012

I’m a Very Sexy Baby 0

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Last night I went to listen to Chris Kraus, Tamara Faith Berger, and Sheila Heti read the dirty parts of their books. Then I wrote a #LitBeat about it. For a little extra context, you might like to also read this article, written by Elizabeth Gumport for n+1, on Kraus’s writing and publishing career.

March 27, 2012

A person should not be a dud avacado? 0

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At the helm of The Paris Review‘s advice column this week, Sasha Frere-Jones describes Sheila Heti‘s How Should a Person Be ? as the inverse of Elaine Dundy‘s The Dud Avacado.

March 27, 2012

Me and my ghost and my ghost ghostwriting 0

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There was an article in the New York Times on cook book ghostwriters, and it called Gwyneth Paltrow out for not writing My Father’s Daughter. Then the actress cum gourmand denied having worked with a ghostwriter in a tweet. Now Sari Botton, a frequent ghostwriter, has tried to clear the whole thing up in an […]

March 27, 2012

Harry Potter on Kindle 0

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Pottermore is open for business. J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard books are now available on Kindle for the first time ever.

March 27, 2012

Annals of great profile writing 0

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If you’re looking for some midweek longreads, here are two excellent profile pieces: Emily Nussbaum‘s unabashed enthusiasm for Lena Dunham as HBO’s Girls gears up for release, and Adam Sternbergh on Mark Leyner, whose The Sugar Frosted Nutsack is out today.

March 27, 2012

Tuesday New Release Day: Shriver, Leyner, Keret, Sebald, Larkin 0

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New this week are The New Republic by Lionel Shriver, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner, Suddenly, a Knock at the Door by Etgar Keret, W.G. Sebald’s Across the Land and the Water: Selected Poems, 1964-2001, and The Complete Poems of Philip Larkin.

March 26, 2012

May the odds be ever in your favor, Suzanne Collins. 0

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The Hunger Games raked in $155 million in its opening weekend. That makes it the highest-grossing non-sequel debut of all time. Over at Salon, Laura Miller tracks the steps that led to the blockbuster’s mammoth success.