Curiosities

April 12, 2012

But where’s the magic? 0

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So JK Rowling‘s first book for adults is scheduled for release in September. The Casual Vacancy will be a “blackly comic” novel about an idyllic English parish’s… civic politics?

April 11, 2012

Is it just a Russian thing? 0

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Jennie Erdal asks, “What is the modern equivalent of the philosophical novel?”

April 11, 2012

Publication Studio Does NYC 1

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Portland-based Publication Studio is hosting a whirlwind series of events in New York next week. They kick off the weekend with an evening mixer at the Museum of Modern Art on Thursday, April 19;  continue with a conversation between landscape architect Diana Balmori and PS co-founder Matthew Stadler at Printed Matter, on Friday, April 20th; and end with […]

April 11, 2012

$200,000? Who Said Publishing’s On the Outs? 0

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Aspiring novelists, take note: when you get a $200,000 advance for one of your books, don’t buy any clothes.

April 11, 2012

Data-Mining, The Trial, and America 0

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“Joseph K., that icon of single-lettered anonymity from Franz Kafka’s novel The Trial,” writes Tom Engelhardt for Guernica, “would undoubtedly have felt right at home in [James] Clapper’s Washington.”

April 11, 2012

Reject Yourself! 0

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The first time’s always the hardest, right? Well, what if you could dull the pain of future rejection letters by preempting your favorite publication’s editors? That’s right. Now you can reject yourself with the Rejection Generator. And just to show that we’re not taking sides on this issue, check out some of the utter dross […]

April 11, 2012

Next Up: Volcanic Vodka 0

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What’s cooler: bourbon aged at sea, or beer made from barley launched into space?

April 11, 2012

Springfield, Springfield, It’s a Hell of a Town! 0

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In a big reveal to devout fans like me, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening finally copped to the fictional Springfield’s real-life inspiration: Springfield, Oregon. Of course this matter has been widely pondered before, and was perhaps even answered by Paul Nelson and his cohorts at SNPP.com.

April 10, 2012

Recomended Reading 0

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Electric Literature‘s latest venture, Recommended Reading, features short stories selected by other writers. Check out the Kickstater page for more info. And hey, maybe give ’em some money while you’re there.

April 10, 2012

at the utmost limits of writing itself 0

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Christian Bök wonders about the future of conceptual poetry:”How do we write poems in a world where a spambot, like @horse_ebooks, gets to write all the great lines…?”