Curiosities

July 22, 2010

Literary Graphic Novels 0

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At Paste, eight literary works that deserve the graphic-novel treatment. (via AuthorScoop)

July 22, 2010

Amazon Locks Down Classics with its eBooks Odyssey 1

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Amazon has partnered with the Wylie Agency to acquire exclusive ebook rights to 20th century classics by the likes of Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, Louise Erdrich, John Cheever, Hunter S. Thompson, William S. Burroughs, Orhan Pamuk, V.S. Naipaul, Martin Amis, and Jorge Luis Borges. The venture is called Odyssey Editions. These […]

July 21, 2010

Summer Reading Suggestion: Novellas 0

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At the Guardian, Wayne Gooderman hypothesizes that a Henry James or Truman Capote novella might make for better summer reading than “the doom and gloom of Messrs Mann and Conrad.”

July 21, 2010

73 Ways to Become a Better Writer 2

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For aspiring writers who prefer their advice in bulk, Mary Jaksch at the Huffington Post gives 73 suggestions for becoming a better writer.

July 20, 2010

The Best Prison Literature 1

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With Guardian reporting that the “Tome Raider,” a Cambridge graduate turned antique book thief, was sentenced for thefts worth £40,000, AbeBooks has put together this list of the best prison literature.

July 20, 2010

Pen Pals Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg 0

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Janet Maslin at the New York Times reviews the collection Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters: “‘Hasn’t it been awful?’ Kerouac would write to Ginsberg in 1959. ‘We were so swingy? And now young poets are sneering at us?’”

July 20, 2010

Kafka’s Hidden Manuscripts 0

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The Independent reports on the unpublished works found within Kafka’s safety deposit boxes, and why the hidden manuscripts have long been tied up in Kafkaesque red tape. (via AuthorScoop)

July 19, 2010

Kathleen Alcott on the Writing Life 0

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At the Rumpus, Kathleen Alcott provides a poignant recollection of what she inherited as a writer from her father: “And is it worth it? Was it for my father, is it for me, for nearly every writer I’ve met, whose default answer is ‘Yes’?”

July 19, 2010

Emily Gould’s Favorite Memoirs 0

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Emily Gould, author of the new memoir And the Heart Says Whatever, lists the best memoirs ever at the Daily Beast: “A few themes run throughout: druggy, decadent bohemia, forbidden or strange sex, art, and power, and, um, cooking.”

July 17, 2010

Biblieauphilia 0

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The Book Bench comes up with a list of perfumes inspired by novels, from Essence of Mrs. Dalloway to Middlesex Scented Oil.