Curiosities

July 12, 2010

Free Amazon Prime and Free Shipping for Students 0

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Attention Students: Amazon is offering a free year of Amazon Prime, the service that gets frequent Amazon shoppers free two-day shipping, for a year with their new Amazon Student program.

July 12, 2010

Mark Twain Autobiography 0

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Larry Rohter at the New York Times relates the darker, more cynical Mark Twain that has emerged through publication of the first volume of his unexpurgated autobiography, a century after his death:  “One thing that gets Mark Twain going is his rage and resentment.”

July 12, 2010

Literary One-Hit Wonders 0

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Second Act lists the renowned literary one-hit wonders, including John Kennedy Toole, Sylvia Plath and Ralph Ellison. (via AuthorScoop)

July 11, 2010

Summer Reading at The Brooklyn Rail 0

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Want to know what artists Paul Chan and Richard Serra, poet Eileen Myles, and translator Charlotte Mandell are reading this summer? Check out The Brooklyn Rail’s Summer Reading List.

July 11, 2010

Anna Quindlen on Harper Lee 0

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Anna Quindlen at The Huffington Post is one of the many writers reflecting on the greatness of To Kill A Mockingbird in honor of the book’s 50th anniversary.

July 10, 2010

Germany’s Top Literary Prize 0

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The Georg Buechner Prize, Germany’s highest literary honor, has been awarded this year to Reinhard Jirgl, author of The Unfinished. (via AuthorScoop)

July 10, 2010

Meghan O’Rourke on Anne Carson’s Nox 0

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At The New Yorker, Meghan O’Rourke lyrically reviews Anne Carson’s latest work Nox: “Grief is paradoxical … The literature of mourning enacts that dilemma; its solace is mainly in the ritual of remembering the dead and then saying, There is no solace and also, This has been going on a long time.”

July 10, 2010

Marilynne Robinson on The Daily Show 0

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Author Marilynne Robinson appeared on “The Daily Show” Thursday night.  No kidding.  She talked about Absence of Mind, her new work of nonfiction, about the relationship between science and religion. (via The Observer)

July 9, 2010

Chekhov’s Funeral 0

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Did you know that on this very day in 1904, Chekhov was interred? If that comes as news to you, read about the last few months of his life at the always enlightening Today in Literature.

July 9, 2010

When Literary Praise Goes Too Far 2

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More amusement has been prompted by The History of Love author Nicole Krauss’s arguably over-the-top blurb for David Grossman’s To the End of the Land: “To read it is to have yourself taken apart, undone, touched at the place of your own essence; it is to be turned back, as if after a long absence, […]