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September 2, 2011

Why Are So Many Literary Writers Shifting into Genre? 94

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Is it a mass sellout, a belated and half-hearted attempt by writers to chase the market? Or are two disparate worlds finally merging?

September 2, 2011

Irène Némirovsky, Suite Française, and The Mirador 1

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Notes on the French novelist Irène Némirovsky, her “violent masterpiece” Suite Française, and the imaginary memoir written by her daughter.

September 1, 2011

Winesburg, Ohio Online 2

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The University of Virginia Library (last mentioned for its William Faulkner recordings) has made the text of Sherwood Anderson‘s Winesburg, Ohio available online in its entirety.

September 1, 2011

Books, Charity, and Africa 0

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The Hipster Book Club is doing a literary-themed charity drive for the famine in the Horn of Africa.

September 1, 2011

The Millions Top Ten: August 2011 0

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It’s The Pale King’s last month at the top. Plus a new Hall of Famer and a pair of intriguing newcomers.

September 1, 2011

The Church of Scientology vs. The New Yorker 2

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Last February, everyone was talking about Lawrence Wright‘s epic New Yorker profile of Paul Haggis and The Church of Scientology. But now, as The New York Times reports, the Church has released Freedom, a 51-page retaliatory glossy with DVD accompaniment.

September 1, 2011

A Budding Fan 0

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In 1964, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin wrote Marvel icon Stan Lee a fan letter.

September 1, 2011

It’s All For Keeps: David Vann on Truth, Fiction, and How We Find Out Who We Are 4

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“I do have the same sense about my real life that I have about my fiction, which is that I make all these decisions but I have no idea why I’m doing what I’m doing. That life is essentially shaped by the unconscious in the same way that fiction is.”

August 31, 2011

Theft and Academic Publishing 0

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In light of Aaron Swartz‘s alleged JSTOR data theft, Maria Bustillos wonders whether his actions even constitute a crime. George Monbiot goes even further, alleging that academic publishers “make Murdoch look like a socialist.”

August 31, 2011

The Cows 0

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A German cow named Yvonne escaped her impending trip to a slaughterhouse and soon became a national icon. In the wake of public outcry, officials have called off the search for her. Elsewhere, Lydia Davis is probably regretting that this story broke after she published her bovine chapbook The Cows.