Curiosities

July 22, 2011

Robert Pinsky on Book Reviews 0

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Robert Pinsky writes about “three essentials for reviewers” of books.

July 22, 2011

Blake Butler on Submitting Writing 0

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HTMLGiant‘s editor Blake Butler, author of There Is No Year, has compiled a list of things he’s learned from submitting his writing.

July 22, 2011

Borders Officially Closes 1

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The sale of Borders was officially approved yesterday. To make sense of the entire fiasco, Melville House’s Dennis Johnson has a compelling write-up. For most book lovers, their final sale is bittersweet.

July 21, 2011

Chris Adrian’s Take on Shakespeare 0

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Chris Adrian‘s pedigree is impressive: former Harvard Divinity student; Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate; current fellow in UCSF’s pediatric hematology/oncology department; lifelong fan of Shakespeare. He’s also found time to appear in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and McSweeney’s. Great Night, his latest novel, imaginatively reboots A Midsummer Night’s Dream by setting it in San Francisco’s Buena Vista […]

July 21, 2011

“First you take a drink … then the drink takes you.” 0

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At The Daily Beast, Jimmy So writes about F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s penchant for alcohol. This article is best paired with On Booze, a new collection of previously unpublished Fitzgerald snippets.

July 21, 2011

Skateboarding’s Art and Craft 0

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Joel Rice‘s “Flip” column for McSweeney’s discusses the culture of skateboarding. This week he interviews Cole Louison, author of The Impossible: Rodney Mullen, Ryan Sheckler, and the Fantastic History of Skateboarding.

July 20, 2011

The Latest on Google Books 0

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The Google Books settlement has yet to be settled. The next hearing is September 15th.

July 20, 2011

Trouble Afoot in America’s Universities 1

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Last April, our own Bill Morris bemoaned the current state of America’s higher education system. At the same time, Malcolm Harris derided the unreasonable cost of that same system.  Now Benjamin Ginsberg, author of The Fall of the Faculty, places blame for both criticisms on the shoulders of universities’ expanding administrative staff.

July 20, 2011

UC Press suspends New California Poetry series 0

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Alison Mudditt, director of The University of California Press, has announced the suspension of the New California Poetry series due to state budget cuts and the challenges posed to “our industry and markets which (not unlike the newspaper industry!) require us to rethink and retool to remain a vibrant and relevant voice in the digital age.”

July 19, 2011

Serializing in the Digital Age II 0

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City of Quartz author Mike Davis is writing a biography of the Los Angeles Times‘ bygone publisher Harrison Gray Otis. Appropriately, the installments will be serialized by the Los Angeles Review of Books.