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Two Shades of Wine, and Other News

September 26, 2013 | by

50ShadesWine

  • “Wine plays an important role in Fifty Shades of Grey. I’ve always had a penchant for good wine, so combining two of my passions … was a natural extension of the series.” The foremost entrepreneur of our times, E. L. James, is launching a line of wines. Soon to be received by anyone who has the ill fortune to invite me to dinner.
  • This banned-books tote—which features fifty banned titles—is a striking reminder that goes beyond Banned Books Week.
  • University of Toronto professor David Gilmour has, not shockingly, stirred up controversy by stating in an interview that he is “not interested in teaching books by women.” And, “I don’t love women writers enough to teach them, if you want women writers go down the hall.” And, just in case that wasn’t clear, “What I teach is guys. Serious heterosexual guys … F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chekhov, Tolstoy. Real guy-guys.”
  • Lolita, Twilight, and eight other best-sellers that were initially rejected by publishers.
  • What hath the Romans wrought? A concise history of the hashtag.

 

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The Fearsome Captain Underpants, and Other News

September 25, 2013 | by

Captain Underpants

  • Herewith, the most-challenged books of 2013. Leading the pack is Captain Underpants.
  • Virgule, pilcrow, and other extinct punctuation.
  • “You can imagine a modern-day Charlotte Brontë writing embarrassing confessional scenes about masturbation, Lena Dunham–style, or a bit like Sheila Heti—and not understanding why other people found it all a bit much.” Moira Redmond on sex scenes that might have been
  • Lady Antonia Fraser has resigned from the Man Booker advisory committee following their announcement that the prize is going international.
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    Handsome Crooks, Crooked Reviewers

    October 2, 2012 | by

  • Meet “ridiculously photogenic 19th century NZ criminal” Daniel Tohill.
  • “Wanted — literate, artful writers who can post five-star reviews of some books on amazon.com. Pay is fifteen dollars firm for fifty to a hundred words of high praise with some specifics about the book that will appeal to potential readers.”
  • The most-challenged books of 2012: newcomer Fifty Shades of Grey joins old favorites like witchcraft-mongering Harry Potter and Slaughterhouse Five.
  • Gary Shteyngart: “You, American Airlines, should no longer be flying across the Atlantic. You do not have the know-how. You do not have the equipment. And your employees have clearly lost interest in the endeavor.”
  • Wes Anderson presents an animation of the fictional books from Moonrise Kingdom.
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