Curiosities

June 22, 2012

“Running a bookstore is a combat sport” 0

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The French are really into bookstores. Like, physical ones.

June 22, 2012

Summer Reading, happened so fast. 0

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Now that it’s officially summer, you might find yourself thinking about all of the books you might like to read in the sun. New Directions has a great list (summer of Lispector!), and of course there’s the LARB‘s #OccupyGaddis summer book club.

June 22, 2012

Problem Solving 0

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On the heels of her Rumpus post on the lack of diversity in the New York Times Book Review Roxane Gay  has started taking names. Literally.  She’s compiling a public database of working writers of color.

June 21, 2012

Plot Framing Device or Facebook Marketing Plot? 0

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Though not exactly the first to do so, Kyle Rutkin is asking for $4,000 on Kickstarter to fund his writing a novel entirely through the Facebook timeline.

June 21, 2012

One of Ireland’s Lesser Known Sons 0

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For those aching for more Ireland in the wake of Bloomsday, here’s a piece about noir-master Raymond Chandler’s childhood in Waterford.

June 21, 2012

“There is no other planet like Earth, […] so Superfund sites have to be super fun.” 0

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We’ve entered the Anthropocene. It’s time to read up: David Biello provides a list of required reading and a thesis on the goal of literature in this new geologic age.

June 21, 2012

Appearing Elsewhere 2

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Prospero, the new arts and culture blog of The Economist, has just posted my piece on literary Brooklyn, which explains how New York’s trendiest borough has become a vertically integrated factory for the production of fiction and poetry.

June 21, 2012

Salon Culture 2.0 0

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Though Franzen would surely argue (in great excess of 140 characters) to the contrary, the excellent introductory essay from the latest issue of N+1 lauds Twitter for “the very last thing to have been expected from the internet: a renovation of the epigram or aphorism, a revaluation of the literary virtues of terseness and impersonality.”

June 21, 2012

Two Degrees of Fame 0

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The copy of Shakespeare’s works disguised as a Hindu religious text and read by imprisoned Nelson Mandela will go on display for this first time later this summer.

June 20, 2012

Saul Bellow, “Wise Guy” 0

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Writing for The Dublin Review of Books, Kevin Stevens reviews Saul Bellow: Letters, the collected correspondence of “Wise Guy” Saul Bellow, “one of America’s best writers and most interesting men.”