Curiosities

September 8, 2010

Booker Prize Shortlist Odds 0

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With the Booker Prize shortlist out, the bookies have updated the odds. Tom McCarthy’s C emerges as the new favorite and Peter Carey and Andrea Levy are surprising long shots.

September 7, 2010

Best Magazine Covers 0

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Amazon invites you to vote for the best magazine covers of the year. (via Kottke)

September 7, 2010

D.H. Lawrence on Trial 0

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Ben Yagoda provides a step-by-step recount of the 1959 British obscenity case over Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and every noted literary name from Graham Greene to Evelyn Waugh to T. S. Eliot who weighed in: “The whole thing was very well stage-managed with a splendid cast.”

September 7, 2010

Death by Bookcase 0

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At the Telegraph, Sir Tom Stoppard briefly explains his desire to be killed by a falling bookcase.

September 7, 2010

In Response to Rejections 0

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At the Electric Literature blog, Judson Merrill responds to his many rejection letters: “If you were that excited about my submission, I’m concerned you may have read it with unfair expectations… I’ve reattached my submission under the new title ‘Eight Pages of Tripe’…”

September 7, 2010

Ten Bloodiest Bedtime Stories 0

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For those of you who ask, like Jacob Lambert, whether picture books are leading our children astray, the Independent posts ten of the bloodiest bedtime stories.

September 7, 2010

Tuesday New Release Day 0

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Another big, literary title hits shelves today. Tom McCarthy turned heads with Remainder in 2007. Now he’s back with C. Posthumously published is Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago’s The Elephant’s Journey. Also newly released is Sara Gruen’s tale of bonobos and reality television: Ape House, William Gibson’s latest Zero History, and The Widower’s Tale by Julia […]

September 7, 2010

Supply and Demand 0

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A London book dealer declares “The Great Book Glut of 2010.”

September 3, 2010

Flavorwire’s Top 10 Bookstores in the United States 2

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Flavorwire presents a list of its ten favorite bookstores in the United States and requests that you “buy something fer crissakes.”

September 2, 2010

Roald Dahl and the Hilariously Bad Grades 0

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A newly released Roald Dahl collection, The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets, includes a secret ending to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and excerpts from the author’s hilariously bad report cards. Wrote one teacher about Dahl in 1931: “A persistent muddler. Vocabulary negligible, sentences malconstructed. He reminds me of a camel.” (via Galley Cat)