Curiosities

August 22, 2011

Literary Libya 1

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Those following this weekend’s events in Tripoli will no doubt be interested in Banipal‘s issue dedicated to Libyan fiction. And, as Moammar Gaddafi‘s reign appears to be ending, the Guardian‘s evisceration of his short stories is worth a read. On NPR‘s site, Hisham Matar also explains the influence of Gaddafi’s rule on Libyan writing.

August 22, 2011

Rachman’s Single 1

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Tom Rachman, author of Millions Hall of Famer The Imperfectionists, has a new short story out as a Kindle Single: “The Bathtub Spy.”

August 22, 2011

The Help: Feel-Good or Offensive? 0

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Though it had a promising box office debut, The Help is ruffling some feathers for its portrayal of African American women. Roxane Gay sums things up nicely for The Rumpus.

August 22, 2011

If I Were President 0

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What would Geoffrey Canada, Neil deGrasse Tyson, or Jennifer Egan do in America’s highest office?

August 21, 2011

Made-Up Awards 0

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When Mark O’Connell asked why we care about literary awards, he probably didn’t imagine the situation in China.

August 21, 2011

Zahar Prilepin Profile 0

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What makes Russia’s Zahar Prilepin similar to Ernest Hemingway? The Daily Beast‘s Owen Matthews takes a look at the nationalist writer.

August 21, 2011

Did We Mention That the Night Is Young? 1

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The hard-partying New York Times had us seeing double this morning.

August 20, 2011

“A sports version of The Awl” 0

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Step aside, Grantland. There’s a new alternative sports site in town.

August 20, 2011

Publishing’s Payout 1

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Publishing is a business in which some authors make seven to eight figures, some executives make six figures, most editors make five figures, and most interns make nothing.

August 19, 2011

Literature for the Phone 0

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“In 2007, five out of the 10 best selling novels in Japan were originally mobile phone novels,” reports Olivia Solon. (In 2008, we published a translated excerpt of one.) Now Movellas has emerged as a new platform for Keitai Shousetu, or literature designed for mobile devices.