Curiosities

September 16, 2011

Lethem on Dyer 1

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Jonathan Lethem‘s profile of Geoff Dyer for BOMB Magazine is available online for a limited time only.

September 16, 2011

Reading Scores Fall 0

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SAT reading scores have fallen to their lowest level on record.

September 16, 2011

To MFA or Not to MFA 0

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The MFA rankings kerfuffle gets a contribution from Slate writer Scott Kenemore (which Roxane Gay promptly eviscerates), but this post appears to be the most level-headed assessment yet. (Last link via Hobart)

September 15, 2011

Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award Winners Announced 0

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For the past 17 years, the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award has celebrated “six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers.” This year’s winners are Melanie Diane (poetry), Apricot Irving (nonfiction), Fowzia Karimi (fiction), Namwali Serpell (fiction), Merritt Tierce (fiction), and JoAnn Wypijewski (nonfiction). They will accept their awards on September […]

September 15, 2011

McGraw-Hill Split 1

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Amid calls to change its strategy, McGraw-Hill Education is becoming a standalone business. The CEO has released a video explaining the move.

September 15, 2011

Anthony Bourdain: Publisher 0

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As the New York Times reports, Anthony Bourdain will soon be acquiring books for Ecco, a HarperCollins imprint. When asked what types of books he’ll publish, the celebrity chef turned travel host replied, “an initial list composed of chefs, enthusiasts, fighters, musicians and dead essayists.”

September 15, 2011

Glamorama – Brooklyn Book Festival Edition 0

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NYC-area readers are invited to an event this Friday centered on the topic of marketing literature in the age of Gawker. At 7 p.m. I’ll be moderating a panel discussion that includes novelists Fiona Maazel and Tao Lin, literary agent Erin Hosier, and Christopher Kolouris of the website Scallywag & Vagabond. The event, which doubles […]

September 15, 2011

Goodreads Recommendations 0

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Goodreads has unveiled its new book recommendation feature. Unlike Amazon’s feature, Goodreads’ will draw data from every book you’ve read and logged, not just those you’ve purchased online.

September 14, 2011

How Long ’til Computers Start Buying Books? 2

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Do “algorithms and online recommendations threaten to replace [publishers] as arbiters of quality”? This Economist riff on e-book publishing says so. Elsewhere, at least 20 companies are using computer software instead of human beings to write their articles.

September 14, 2011

Crosswords Uncrossed 0

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Even if you’ve already seen the outstanding documentary Wordplay, you’ll still want to check out this Atlantic article on how Will Shortz makes his New York Times crossword puzzles.