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February 15, 2012 | by

A cultural news roundup.

  • #litpickuplines.
  • Literary speed dating.
  • Literary love letters.
  • “Some people have made seduction a way of life. Incapable of resisting opportunities, they give priority to the nascent state; they are collectors of beginnings.”
  • The museum of failed relationships.
  • “It's easy to forget that the world wide web as we know it today evolved from an early attempt to put books on the internet.”
  • Matilda comes to Broadway.
  • Homer, Inc.
  • Is this how you imagined Sam Spade?
  • Drive-by poetry.
  • García Márquez-inspired fashion.
  • Houston-inspired books.
  • “I used to avoid talking about audio books.”


    1. Joe Carlson | February 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

      Pinkie Brown is close. Humbert suggests James Mason, who Nabokov liked in the role. Rest, bizarre. Sam Spade looks like a British rocker, circa 1985. Edward Rochester resembles the missing link, and his description tells us more about Jane than the man himself. And the women – Tess, Aomame, Emma – look like cousins in rehab.

      Me? I’d like to see Isabel Archer, Lily Bart, Jason Compson, Tyrone Slothrop, and of course Hamlet who, according to Eric Bentley in THE LIFE OF THE DRAMA, was fat: “The world’s imagination seems tacitly to admit as much, for while the text says Hamlet is fat, the world has often thought of him as thin.”

      To be or not to be, Fatso!

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