Curiosities

November 8, 2010

For David Foster Wallace Completists 0

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A new anthology out from Da Capo Press, Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book, includes an essay by David Foster Wallace’s widow, Karen Green, on how books helped her cope with his death: “I’ll try not to use the word survive. I think I’ve determined, by trial and error, that certain […]

November 5, 2010

Mick Jagger on Keith Richards’ New Book 0

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A couple of weeks ago, Jim Santel reviewed Keith Richards’ rock memoir Life for The Millions. Now, Richard’s bandmate Mick Jagger weighs in: Keith’s new book is “a bit bitchy.”

November 5, 2010

Zadie Smith on The Social Network 1

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“Why Facebook? Why this format?… The striking thing about the real Zuckerberg, in video and in print, is the relative banality of his ideas concerning the ‘Why’ of Facebook. He uses the word ‘connect’ as believers use the word ‘Jesus,’ as if it were sacred in and of itself…” Zadie Smith considers “Generation Why” and […]

November 4, 2010

The Literary Criticism of T.S. Eliot 0

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“[M]ore people have thought Hamlet a work of art because they found it interesting, than have found it interesting because it is a work of art.” Who other than T.S. Eliot could get away with questioning the artistic quality of Hamlet?

November 4, 2010

Amazon’s Top 100 0

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Amazon has finished unveiling its top-100 books for 2010. At the top of the big list: Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

November 3, 2010

What’s the Value of NaNoWriMo? 2

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At Salon, Laura Miller protests National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a., NaNoWriMo) and its participants, saying the month-long writing marathon is a waste of time.  At the Los Angeles Times book blog Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellogg disagrees.

November 3, 2010

Amazon’s Top 100 of the Year 0

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Amazon is tweeting its top 100 books of the year today on its Twitter account. (Thanks, Darryl)

November 3, 2010

6 Book Titles That Will Blow Your Mind! 0

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“7 Awesome Ways Barnyard Animals Are Like Communism.” From McSweeneys, great literature retitled to boost website traffic.

November 3, 2010

Zora Neale Hurston, Girl Detective 0

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“Where is the black version of Caddie Woodlawn (a 19th-century Wisconsin tomboy) or Harriet the Spy (a 20th-century Upper East Sider), smart, spunky, fictional heroines for the tween crowd?” Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon fictionalize beloved Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston as a girl detective in Zora and Me.

November 3, 2010

The Ambitions of Oscar Wilde 0

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“I won’t be a dried-up Oxford don, anyhow. I’ll be a poet, a writer, a dramatist. Somehow or other I’ll be famous, and if not famous, I’ll be notorious.” -Oscar Wilde on rejecting a career as a classics scholar. (via Book Bench)