Posts Tagged ‘James Thurber’
November 2, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
“Why did he choose to send me a postcard? Simply because it’s a few cents cheaper than mailing a letter in an envelope? Was it just sitting around when he was looking for something to write on? Does he buy stacks of these postcards for the express purpose of responding to random fans? And worse, does he write this same prepared response to every letter?” Frank Cassese on hearing from DFW.
An unpublished Truman Capote story has come to light and will be published later this month.
“Within the world of the Thurber dog there are many different specimens and varieties.”
“I don’t know why Hollywood is fascinated by my book when they never care to film it as I wrote it.” Authors respond to adaptations of their work.
“For Halloween, a pointy hat, fake hair and a broom [make] a witch’s outfit.” And other wisdom from Pippa Middleton’s literary debut.
March 28, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
A cultural news roundup.
Happy seventy-sixth, Mario Vargas Llosa!
Muggles get the Harry Potter treatment in Florida. “At Ollivanders, the wand shop, character actors put on a show. With a few dozen people crowded into a room, a bearded wizard proceeds to help a child select a wand. ‘Descendo!’ he cries. Boxes tumble down and the shelves fall apart on cue. It was the wrong wand. ‘Repairo!’ he cries. The shelves put themselves back together. The long-bearded gent eventually gives the girl an Ash wand, ‘an excellent wand for a charismatic, successful wizard.’”
You can even read the books!
At forty-two, historical novelist Rabee Jaber is the youngest winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
On the plus side, James Thurber wrote back to his fans. “One of the things that discourage us writers is the fact that 90 per cent of you children write wholly, or partly, illiterate letters, carelessly typed. You yourself write ‘clarr’ for ‘class’ and that’s a honey, Robert, since s is next to a, and r is on the line above.”
An ode to the thesaurus.
How about a little fancy-library porn? (This Johns Hopkins professor totally beats Lagerfeld in the library stakes.)
Henry James is the most-studied writer.
Did it really take this long to make an Art of War graphic novel?