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May 17, 2014

This Post Reads Like Mad Libs. 0

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Roz Chast, whose cartoons have been mainstays in the New Yorker for quite some time, has teamed up with Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields to write a book about the 101 two-letter words allowed in Scrabble.

May 16, 2014

Staking Out the Best Real Estate 0

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Dracula’s castle is for sale and will go to the highest bidder who doesn’t mind having a few coffins in the basement. Although the vampire never actually lived in the Romanian castle, Queen Marie and Vlad the Impaler were previous tenants.

May 16, 2014

The Translation Life Cycle 0

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Recommended Viewing: What actually happens when a book gets translated? Publishing Trendsetter has an infographic of a translated book’s life cycle complete with interviews with a foreign rights agent and a translator.

May 16, 2014

Burrito Lit 1

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“What’s the kindest thing you almost did?” You’ll find this sentence by Jonathan Safran Foer on a Chipotle cup next time you eat a burrito there. The fast food restaurant will feature the short stories five authors, including Foer, Malcolm Gladwell, Toni Morrison, George Saunders, and Michael Lewis,  on its cups, and unlike guacamole, they […]

May 16, 2014

The Best of 19th Century British Lit 0

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If you don’t have any weekend plans, we suggest you spend your time on the British Library’s new Victorian and Romantic section of Discovering Literature. The site features 1,200 literary treasures, including a manuscript of Jane Eyre and 20 short documentaries.

May 16, 2014

Visiting Main Street 0

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What happens if your town’s reputation was made by an author who hated it? Sinclair Lewis grew up in Sauk Centre, Minnesota and scathingly satirized it in Main Street (our Modern Library Revue of it), but it’s the town’s only claim to fame nearly a century later. At The Morning News, Matt Ray Robison visits.

May 16, 2014

Thug: A Life of Caravaggio in Sixty-Nine Paragraphs 9

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He never had a chance. Three men held him down while a fourth sliced his face. Afterwards, he was almost unrecognizable. They could have killed him but they wanted him to live, bearing his scars for the rest of his life. Everyone would know what that meant.

May 15, 2014

“Will you sign my house?” 0

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“Is this skyscraper autobiographical?” People say some pretty ridiculous things about writing. To put it in perspective, Mallory Ortberg presents “If We Talked About Architecture Like We Talk About Writing.”

May 15, 2014

Blurbing for Laughs 0

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Recommended Viewing: Even though Gary Shteyngart is done with blurbing, he’s such an addict that he did make time to blurb the worst books ever at a recent improv show at Late Night Basement.

May 15, 2014

Paolo Sorrentino: Old is Young, and Late is Late 2

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I mention Sorrentino’s age — his relative youth, for an artist so accomplished — because what I have found most intriguing in his work is the character vehicle he’s chosen, time and again, for his explorations: the aging male in his unlovely twilight.