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October 11, 2010

Writing to Win 0

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Adam Gopnik at the New Yorker comments on why we still write to win prizes (and hails Mario Vargas Llosa for having “a lively personal life that includes once punching out another future laureate…Gabriel García Márquez, reportedly over something to do with Mrs. Vargas Llosa. The Nobel thus not only crowns a career but provides […]

October 11, 2010

Carla F. Cohen 0

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Carla F. Cohen, co-owner and founder of legendary Washington, D.C. bookstore Politics & Prose, died this morning.

October 11, 2010

Gratuitous: How Sexism Threatens to Undermine the Internet 12

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I like following Lisa’s blog because, for whatever reason, her narrative is compelling. Following it is somewhat akin to watching a reality TV show (Not one of the ones where they try to out-dance each other or diet for money, but one that just follows someone’s daily life). She’s my Jersey Shore.

October 10, 2010

Win an Adrian Tomine print 0

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From now until October 30th, if you spend $40 at Skylight Books (in store or online), you will be entered to win a limited-edition, signed and numbered print by Adrian Tomine.  Go here for all the details!

October 8, 2010

Is Fiction the Art of Living? 0

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From the New York Times archives, a 1984 essay “Is Fiction the Art of Living?” by recently announced Nobel Prize winner Mario Varga Llosa: “In fact, novels do lie – they can’t help doing so – but that’s only one part of the story.”

October 8, 2010

Ted Hughes’ Lost Poem 0

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“What happened that night? Your final night?” The New Statesman publishes poet laureate Ted Hughes’ long lost poem “Last Letter,” inspired by the suicide of his wife Sylvia Plath. Actor Jonathan Pryce gave a reading of the poem for Channel 4 News.

October 8, 2010

Another David Foster Wallace Book Out Soon 1

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Yesterday we noted that The Pale King is now available for pre-order. It turns out another new David Foster Wallace book will be out before the long-awaited final novel hits shelves. In December, Columbia University Press will put out Wallace’s undergrad thesis Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will. From the publisher description: […]

October 8, 2010

In Praise of Unlikable Characters 25

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Authors are too timid, it seems to me sometimes, in the face of the demand for conventionally sympathetic characters. “I didn’t like any of the characters” is a common Amazon reviewer’s refrain—or, I don’t know, maybe that’s just what they say about the books that I write. They say it like it’s a bad thing.

October 8, 2010

A Stew of Laziness: Ben Affleck’s The Town and the Elements of Bad Drama 13

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I find with bad movies that usually there comes a point at which I realize that no matter what follows, there’s little chance that the film is going to be good.

October 7, 2010

Pale King Pre-Orders 0

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David Foster Wallace’s final novel, The Pale King, is now available for pre-order. 432 pages. (via)