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Scandals, Contests, and Noms de Guerre

April 10, 2012 | by

  • RIP Christine Brooke-Rose, an experimental novelist who has died at eighty-nine. Quoth the New York Times, she had “the ardor of a philologist, the fingers of a prestidigitator and the appetite of a lexivore, resulting in novels that exhilarated many critics and enervated others.”
  • The ALA’s list of 2011’s most-challenged books includes To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hunger Games, and My Mom’s Having a Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler.
  • Amazing movie-title stills.
  • England’s poet laureate takes on the Pendle Witches. “This was a grisly affair, even by the debased standards of the day, with two of the women hanged at Lancaster castle aged over eighty and blind, another probably driven mad by a disfigured face with one eye lower than the other, and all ten convicted largely on the evidence of a nine-year-old child.”
  • You surely know O. Henry’s real name, and the pen names of the Brontes … but there are some real surprises on this list of authorial noms de guerre!
  • At the New York Public Library, Thoreau goes digital.
  • Ninety-six-year-old Herman Wouk’s latest novel, The Lawgiver, chronicles the making of a movie about Moses via “letters, memos, emails, journals, news articles, recorded talk, tweets, Skype transcripts, and text messages.”
  • A literary tattoo showdown.
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. contest rewards the winner, appropriately, with classic pulp.
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    1. Joe Carlson | April 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Wouk novel is interesting since Steven Spielberg himself is close to directing a film about Moses, which the article below describes as a “Braveheart-ish movie.” One assumes Mel Gibson won’t be in the mix.
      http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-01-26/news/30668720_1_moses-movie-steven-spielberg-dui-arrest

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