Curiosities

April 4, 2014

Eleanor & Park on Screen 0

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Our favorite teenage misfit couple is coming to the big screen. Dreamworks will adapt Eleanor & Park with Rainbow Rowell writing the script. Filming doesn’t begin until 2015, so you have plenty of time to read the book. Here’s our own Janet Potter’s review.

April 4, 2014

The Worst Dinner Party 0

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We all have a fantasy literary dinner party guest list, but Kathryn Ionata gives us six characters to never invite at The Toast. Unsurprisingly, Nine Stories‘s Seymour Glass is on her list. “When asked if he cares to sit at the table, he says he is seriously considering it.”

April 4, 2014

The Shot 0

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Recommended Reading: Mark Lane’s story “Mr. Blue” for The Oxford American. “When I was six years old, I shot a man.”

April 4, 2014

The 80-page Rule 0

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How do you know if the book you’re writing is going to fly or flop? Try writing the first 80 pages without worrying about the outcome as Meg Wolitzer does. “Eighty pages is enough pages for a writer to feel she’s accomplished something, but it’s not so many pages that, if she decides to put […]

April 3, 2014

Boy Meets World, Boy Meets Girl 0

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In a perfect mix of high and low art, Samuel L. Jackson performed a slam poem about Boy Meets World on The Tonight Show. “Daughter of hippies/Name of a gypsy/’Topanga,’ Corey cries.”

April 3, 2014

The Yellow King’s Clue 0

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Recommended Viewing: Artist Todd Spence has drawn True Detective as a series of Hardy Boys novels. Pair with: Our essay on what female detective novels to read after True Detective.

April 3, 2014

Another James Franco Film Adaptation 0

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The first trailer for the adaptation of James Franco’s Palo Alto is out. It features Emma Roberts as a teenager coming of age in the edgy California suburbs, and of course Franco makes an appearance as her teacher crush.

April 3, 2014

James Baldwin on Film 0

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James Baldwin was more famous for being an essayist and novelist, but he was also a film critic. At The Atlantic, Noah Berlatsky argues that Baldwin should be considered one of the best film critics for The Devil Finds Work.  “Baldwin shows that criticism is art, which means that it doesn’t need a purpose or […]

April 3, 2014

Women at War 0

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From The Things They Carried to Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, veteran literary fiction has always been popular, yet women are almost nowhere to be found in war literature. At The New York Times, Cara Hoffman argues that leaving women out of combat literature makes returning from war even more isolating. “They would be made […]

April 2, 2014

Pulling an Updike 0

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Authors are known to mine material from their personal relationships for their writing, but John Updike found inspiration from his interviews. After journalist William Ecenbarger wrote a profile of Updike in 1983, he found himself the subject of an Updike short story. Pair with: Our review of Updike’s Collected Stories.