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Mark Twain Designed His Own Notebooks, and Other News

August 20, 2013 | by


  • Twain’s notebooks, Plath’s pens, and other preferred writing paraphernalia of famous authors.
  • Via the minds at McSweeney’s, an invaluable Field Guide to Uncommon Punctuation.
  • An elaborate, book-themed proposal involving a custom children’s book, a library, and a lot of planning.
  • The Today Show has reanimated its book club, and kicked off with The Bone Season, by twenty-one-year-old Samantha Shannon. (“The next Rowling?” asks Today, unfortunately.)



    1. joe gonzalez | August 20, 2013 at 10:27 am

      very cool !

    2. Shelley | August 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      The intensity, individuality, and interiority of the faces in the “Plath’s pens” article are striking…until one hits the current time and the images become bland PR.

    3. Hans | August 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      “the images become bland PR”

      Here here, The Paris Review wouldn’t know a new Sylvia Plath if she bit them on their gonads. They prefer the retread patrol, people who write LIKE SP, that is, 50 years too late.

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