Curiosities

October 4, 2010

A Conversation With Phillip Roth 0

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Phillip Roth talks to David L. Ulin at the Los Angeles Times about his latest novel Nemesis, aging as a writer, and how he begins each new novel: “I don’t know very much… I write my way into my knowledge. Then, if I’m lucky, I get a break.”

October 4, 2010

Appearing Elsewhere 0

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Today begins the Flatmancrooked LAUNCH of The Millions staff writer Edan Lepucki and her novella, If You’re Not Yet Like Me. Go here to pre-order a copy of the signed and numbered limited first edition.

October 2, 2010

Lemuel Gulliver Redux 0

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Eighteenth century literature lives: This Christmas, Jack Black will play Gulliver in an adaption of Jonathan Swift‘s Gulliver’s Travels. See the preview here.

October 2, 2010

Nobel Speculation 0

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With the Nobel Prize for Literature to be awarded on October 7th, speculation is heating up at the Literary Saloon as to who might be this year’s main contenders.

October 1, 2010

MAD MEN Reading List 1

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At the New York Public Library blog, a Mad Men reading list.

October 1, 2010

Reading Lolita at Twelve 0

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At the Paris Review Daily, Nick Antosca reminisces on reading Lolita at 12: “Who among my seventh-grade classmates, I wondered with a frisson, was such a creature? What girl had that ‘soul-shattering, insidious charm’ that, while invisible to me, made the antennae of certain adult males tremble?”

October 1, 2010

The Franzen Printing Error 0

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Jonathan Franzen announced in London last night that British printers had mistakenly used the wrong computer file and published an old draft of Freedom. Thousands of copies face being pulped.

September 29, 2010

Economics of the E-Book 4

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The Wall Street Journal reports how literary authors are feeling the pinch in the age of e-books: “The upshot: From an e-book sale, an author makes a little more than half what he or she makes from a hardcover sale.”

September 29, 2010

Freedom Controversy, in Comic Form 0

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At The Rumpus, the controversy over Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom is in comic form, featuring Lt. Safran Foer, Jennifer Weiner, Captain Shteyngart, and Emperor Franzen himself.

September 29, 2010

Bourdain’s “Gourmet Slaughterfest” Graphic Novel 0

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Guardian reports that Anthony Bourdain is writing a new “gourmet slaughterfest” graphic novel about “ultraviolent food nerds,” intended to be “a cross between Eat Drink Man Woman and A Fistful of Dollars.”