Curiosities

April 15, 2010

Katy Kelly’s New Homepage 0

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News for young readers and their parents: Meet the charming and irrepressible Melonhead and Lucy Rose–and their author, Katy Kelly, at Kelly’s new author homepage.

April 15, 2010

The case against writing manuals 0

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In The Atlantic, Richard Bausch makes a case against writing manuals: “The trouble of course is that a good book is not something you can put together like a model airplane.”

April 15, 2010

The Pulitzer Underdog 0

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The unlikely path of Tinkers from manuscript in a drawer to Pulitzer glory.

April 14, 2010

Penguins and Stiller and Baumbach, Oh My! 1

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There’s a rumor circulating that Noah Baumbach may direct 20th Century Fox’s film adaption of Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Richardand Florence Atwater‘s beloved 1938 children’s story about a man whose wistful obsession with penguins comes home to roost. There are also rumors that Ben Stiller may head the cast as Mr. Popper.

April 14, 2010

Stephenie Meyer’s Body Snatchers 0

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A mini-excerpt from Stephenie Meyer‘s bestseller for adults, The Host, just out in paperback.

April 14, 2010

The Book of Mormon, on Broadway 0

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park and Team America World Police, are turning their wild imaginations to a new subject and a new genre: “The Book of Mormon,” a musical the duo co-wrote with Robert Lopez, will open on Broadway next year.

April 14, 2010

Lorin Stein is Drowning in Honey 0

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Newly minted Paris Review editor (and polymorphous enthusiast) Lorin Stein runs down some recent pleasures for More Intelligent Life. To wit: Lipsyte, Dickens, Du Maurier, Nádas, Merle Haggard, newcomer April Ayers Lawson, the Lydia Davis Proust, outer-borough maniacs, and “proletarian erotica”…not necessarily in that order.

April 14, 2010

“First Reads with James Wood” 0

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The Faster Times recaps James Wood‘s recent lecture on David Foster Wallace‘s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.

April 14, 2010

iCat 0

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The first feline review of the iPad is in. According to Iggy the cat, the game Noby Noby Boy and the Magic Piano iPad ap are quite enjoyable (c/o Kotaku).

April 14, 2010

Werner Herzog in 3D 0

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Werner Herzog, cave art documentary, 3D: What more do you need to know?