May 22, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
For those with Spotify, all the songs mentioned in Just Kids, in playlist form. (Perfect for a rainy day!)
Duncan Jones has signed on to direct a biopic of Ian Fleming, based on Andrew Lycett’s The Man Behind James Bond. Everyone knows the man himself okayed Sean Connery to play 007, but who should fill the enigmatic writer-spy’s shoes?
A letter from Edgar Allan Poe to Sarah Josepha Hale, author of the poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” has sold at auction for $164,000. In it, Poe refuses an offer to publish in Hale’s magazine, explaining, “To send you a crude or hastily written article would be injurious to me, and an insult to yourself—and I fear that I could, at present, do little more.”
William Peter Blatty, better known as the author of The Exorcist, is suing Georgetown University in church court, disputing his alma mater’s right to still call themselves Catholic given some of its secular policies.
“Frat boys burning textbooks to celebrate graduation burn down frat house.”
August 17, 2011 | by Sadie Stein
A cultural news roundup.
Just Kids gets the big-screen treatment.
So does Tolkien.
Kathryn Stockett triumphs in court (as well as at the movies).
Need an alternative to The Help? Try Welty.
“As a kid I would get my parents to drop me off at my local library on their way to work during the summer holidays and I would walk home at night. For several years I read the children’s library until I finished the children’s library. Then I moved into the adult library and slowly worked my way through them. With the kids’ library I did it alphabetically but I discovered I couldn't do that with the adult one because there were too many big boring books to read, so I did it by interesting covers.”
A tribute to Wendy Wasserstein.
Amazon moves in on publishing with first “major” deal.
The next best thing to a vacation? Reading about a vacation.
The movies may be complete, and the books long finished, but Harry Potter fans need not despair: Pottermore launches in October.
The case for spoilers!
Who’s your favorite deliciously awful fictional character?
Bookstores clear a “Rick Perry” section.
“Ah ha! I’ve finally put my finger on a concrete reason for my lingering, irrational, doubtless soon-to-be-jettisoned prejudice against e-readers.”