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February 2, 2013

What Soderbergh is Reading 0

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Remember back in 2011 when Steven Soderbergh made that list (PDF) of every movie, TV show, book, play and short story he had watched that year? Well according to his recent interview with New York Magazine, the book he most recently finished is Paul Murray’s Skippy Dies. (And what a coincidence! The book Murray most […]

February 1, 2013

Dear Jeeves 0

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“The late 1920s found him in Hollywood (‘This place is loathsome’) drowning, stingless, in MGM honey, while doing hack work on a silly Marion Davies vehicle. His descriptions of reptilian studio fauna make for delicious reading.” At The Daily Beast, a look at P.G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letters.

February 1, 2013

I Wrote, Yes, But Not That 0

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Uh-oh: Hemingway may not have written his famous six-word story.

February 1, 2013

Kindles Your Interest 0

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Do you like to badger your friends with good reasons to buy an e-reader? Well, you socially adept rapscallion, you’re in luck — there’s a list up at Book Riot of 5 Great Digital-only Reads. (We hate to brag, but our own Mark O’Connell’s Epic Fail is No. 2.)

February 1, 2013

Next Up, Denmark 0

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After waking us up to their favorite Brazilian novelists, the editorial board at Granta is turning its gaze to Norway. In the first issue of Norwegian Granta, you’ll find a slew of stories by illustrious contributors (among them Jennifer Egan, Roberto Bolano and Alice Munro) alongside new stories from authors native to the country. At Granta’s website, you can […]

February 1, 2013

Can You Figure Out Dutch Ovens While You’re at It? 0

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Is Scotch tape Scottish? The Paris Review asks a question that has to be asked.

January 31, 2013

Revenge Book Trailer 0

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Behold the creepy beauty of the book trailer for Revenge, Yoko Ogawa’s latest collection of stories. It’s a collection haunted not only by the shadow of Haruki Murakami, writes NPR’s Alan Cheuse, but also “the shadow of Borges.”

January 31, 2013

“Jeux de mot-dièse” 0

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The Commission Générale de Terminologie et de Néologisme – the division of the French government responsible for preserving the integrity of the Gallic language – ruled last week that enough is enough when it comes to “hashtag.” They feel the word is just too English for the banks of the Seine. They recommend instead using […]

January 31, 2013

Lorrie Commodore 0

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Lorrie Moore is headed to Nashville, Tennessee as Vanderbilt University’s new Gertrude Conaway Professor of English. That sound you just heard is the excited shriek of every Commodore English major yelling out in ecstasy.

January 31, 2013

Mantel Takes the Costa 0

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Hilary Mantel added a Costa Book Award to her evermore decorated mantle following a unanimous vote in favor of her latest historical novel, Bring Up the Bodies.