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Defiance, and Other News

August 1, 2013 | by


  • “So many other good books … don’t waste your time on this one. J. D. Salinger went into hiding because he was embarrassed.” And other one-star Amazon reviews of classics.
  • Anthony Weiner spokesperson Barbara Morgan’s recent rant against a campaign intern has led to several discussions of the usage of bag.
  • A Russian novel uses fake Swedish blurbs; publisher is defiant.
  • Speaking of Sweden! $255,000 worth of stolen rare books have been returned to the National Library.
  • J. K. Rowling is planning to donate The Cuckoo’s Calling royalties to the Soldier’s Charity. (You will recall that Robert Galbraith was in the service.)


    Wearable Books, and Other News

    July 25, 2013 | by


  • Meet The Wizard of Jeanz. It consists of twenty-one volumes, each a chapter of The Wizard of Oz that, when unfolded, turns into an article of clothing. Designer Hiroaki Ohya says he was “disillusioned with the transitory nature of fashion … [and] struck with the permanency of books as objects that can transport ideas.”
  • Yesterday it was book-inspired ice cream; now we have Harry Potter beer. Pilsner of Azkaban, anyone?
  • Speaking of (well, sort of), J. K. Rowling explains how she lit on the pseudonym Robert Galbraith: a combination of Robert F. Kennedy and Ella Galbraith, her childhood alias.
  • On spirants, those consonants which involve a continuous expulsion of breath.
  • The bad house guests in literature.


    New Joseph Heller Story, and Other News

    July 19, 2013 | by


  • A first edition of The Cuckoo’s Calling—signed by Robert Galbraith—has sold on AbeBooks for $4,453 (£2,950), and the remaining copy is listed for $6,193.24.
  • Anyway, now we know who leaked J. K. Rowling’s identity: her law firm.
  • “Almost Like Christmas,” a short story written post-war by a young Joseph Heller, will be published next week by Strand Magazine.
  • It is unclear whether teachers (according to a Pew study) abhor the Internet’s influence on student writing …
  • … or welcome it.


    J. K. Rowling’s Party is Over, and Other News

    July 15, 2013 | by


  • By now, you are probably aware that J. K. Rowling wrote detective novel The Cuckoo’s Calling under the guise of Robert Galbraith, an ex-military family man. Quoth she, “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”
  • Can’t imagine what anyone would stand to gain by revealing the truth behind the modest seller.
  • The publishers who turned the novel down are, of course, kicking themselves.
  • Related: a brief history of the pseudonym.
  • For your alienated youngster: My First Kafka.


    Date Your Characters, and Other News

    June 28, 2013 | by


  • Hogarth is launching a new series in which modern writers reinterpret Shakespeare. First up: Anne Tyler does The Taming of the Shrew, while Jeanette Winterson takes on The Winter’s Tale.
  • In their own words: “We at Author’s Promoter thought it would be awesome if there was a site where you could check out characters from books and read up about them before deciding if you wanted to read their story; we also thought it would be pretty cool if you could find the type of characters you love to read about. In a way, we wanted to offer a ‘dating site’ for readers; we know that no matter how awesome the site gets it will always need more and more improvement adapting to readers and authors’ needs and that is exactly what we intend on doing!” The above is what we got when we selected “Male; asexual; human; 5’ 4”. So, n.b.
  • If you’re more into blind book dating, on the other hand …
  • E. L. James has overtaken J. K. Rowling’s perch on the mysterious Forbes Most Influential list.
  • In which you were tricked into reading science fiction.


    The Vatican is Not a Fan of J.K. Rowling’s Adult Oeuvre, and Other News

    November 6, 2012 | by

  • The Vatican pans J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. Or at any rate, the Holy See’s official paper does.
  • “I read Rumi, the thirteenth-century Persian poet, every day.” Mary Oliver on her inspirations.
  • Enid Blyton’s “Famous Five” series is being revived for television.
  • Help bookstores post-Sandy.
  • And the most-read book in the world is ... not a shocker.
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