October 25, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
From Twain to Wolfe to Tartt: authors in uniform.
Fittingly enough, fisticuffs at the Norman Mailer: A Double Life party.
The Asterix reboot, set in ancient Scotland, is being hailed by (a few, possibly as few as none) Scottish nationalists as an endorsement in the referendum debates.
The Iranian culture minister promises a relaxation of book censorship under the new regime.
October 24, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
The Emily Dickinson Archive, providing digital access to the poet’s surviving ephemera, is live.
And has sparked all kinds of scholarly infighting! “They have the furniture, we have the daguerreotype; they have the herbarium, we have the hair,” says one archivist.
“Obviously we’re honored we’ve been chosen to do this but, at the same time, we’re also intimidated because it’s a huge responsibility to live up to the memory we had as young readers of Asterix.” On taking on the Gaul reboot.
Speaking of pressure, will rabid fans be any happier with the latest casting choice for Fifty Shades of Grey?
September 28, 2011 | by Sadie Stein
A cultural news roundup.
Jewish poet and novelist Emanuel Litvinoff has died at the age of ninety-six.
Here, he reads his poem “T. S. Eliot.”
A new Bloomsbury imprint will digitally revive out-of-print titles by Edith Sitwell, Cecil Day-Lewis, and Monica Dickens, among others.
Julian Assange’s memoir, due to lackluster sales, may soon be out of print. It’s sold fewer than 700 copies.
Michael Moore tries to pull his memoir from “murderous Georgia” following the execution of Troy Davis.
Reviewers vs. Bloggers.
Stephen King gives fans a taste of The Shining sequel.
Le fin d’Asterix.
The return of The BFG.
The sex life of H. G. Wells.
Between a rock and a hard place.
A visual history of book references in The Simpsons.
“Bentley was, however, no ass.”