Curiosities

April 14, 2012

In Which F. Scott Fitzgerald Gets Compared to The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson 0

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Kirk Curnutt takes readers on a tour of of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s oft-neglected commercial short fiction. Fitzgerald, after all, “produced 160 short stories [in his life],” writes Curnutt, “earning a total of $241,453 off the genre — more than $3 million in today’s dollars.” Yet the author didn’t think highly of the work, and even […]

April 13, 2012

“I did most of my reading at the International House of Pancakes.” 0

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David Sedaris chats with The New York Times about his reading habits in the first installment of their latest series, “By the Book.”

April 13, 2012

Overshadowed But Not Overlooked 0

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In addition to the shortlist for the IMPAC, the 2012 Guggenheim Fellows and the shortlist for the prestigious sci-fi accolades, The Hugo Awards (including the exotic subgenre Semiprozine), were announced yesterday.

April 13, 2012

DOJ, Sixteen US States Sue Over E-Book Pricing 0

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The Justice Department is suing Apple and five major US publishers for colluding to inflate e-book prices. Following the DOJ’s lead, 16 states have filed similar lawsuits.

April 13, 2012

“I’m more articulate then I was when I was nine, but I don’t know anything new.” 0

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Ryan Bradley chats with Gary Amdahl, author of Visigoth, about fiction, “reality hunger,” and the current publishing climate.

April 13, 2012

Bill Morris, Artist 1

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Our own Bill Morris has long worn his writer’s hat, but he recently revealed to us his artistic side. Now his Flannery O’Connor portrait has fetched an impressive price in the recent One Story magazine charity auction. Is art world stardom next?

April 13, 2012

A Web of Allusions 0

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Small Demons presents Storyverse, a website in which users are invited to explore the connections between their favorite books and the people, places, and cultural artifacts out of which they are woven. It’s difficult to explain, but painless to enjoy thanks to a beautiful GUI.

April 12, 2012

#long and #longer still 0

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A #mediumread on the origin of #longreads and longform.org.

April 12, 2012

OK, this is complicated 1

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Nigella Lawson, British domestic goddess and former book critic, seems to have offended her novelist friend Sophie Waugh in a move reminiscent of the beginnings the hallowed hissy fit between V.S. Naipaul and Paul Theroux.

April 12, 2012

“You’re allowed to laugh.” 2

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A new installment of #LitBeat, in which Steve Almond gives a hilarious and exuberant reading in Moscow, Idaho.