Posts Tagged ‘news’
March 5, 2015 | by Dan Piepenbring
Our ongoing quest to personify the weather.
As I write this, the ominously named Winter Storm Thor is bringing his hammer down on the tristate area. Thor is pelting. Thor is dumping. Thor is lashing, coating, and causing havoc. He has an image problem, as all storms do, these days. Led by the heedless call of the Weather Channel, the media has depicted Thor—like Juno, Neptune, and others before him—as a creature of blind wrath, fueled by an amoral, motiveless lust for destruction. If you believe in the banality of evil, then Winter Storm Thor belongs with Eichmann and Iago in your rogues’ gallery.
The Weather Channel has named winter storms since 2012, as part of a dumb and widely impugned media strategy that sensationalizes the weather in a shameless bid for more clicks. “The previous model was: How does weather affect you?” Neil Katz, who runs Weather.com, told The New Republic last year. “Now we’re really asking: How does weather affect everything in the world?” By becoming the very embodiment of vengeance, is one answer. Read More »
January 6, 2014 | by Dan Piepenbring
- Martin Amis pays elegant tribute to his deceased stepmother, who saved him from an early life as “a semi-literate truant.”
- Chang-rae Lee’s forthcoming On Such a Full Sea boasts the world’s first 3D-printed book cover.
- How to modernize literary classics (even when cell phones and the Internet bring an infestation of plot holes).
- Can great literature really change your life? (Quick answer: probably not, but maybe.)
December 4, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is being adapted for the screen. No word on who will get the plum role of Jenny in “The Green Ribbon.”
July 11, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
June 6, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
- “If you want to get the news from poems, you’ve come to the right place.” That would be the Boston Review.
- So much for reading being its own reward. This principal eats worms when his students meet reading goals.
- Mandarin: a language uniquely well-suited to punning.
- First-edition book clubs are, apparently, a thing. In the words of one friend, “We live in a sad and awesome time.”
- “As an author with a half century of literary success behind me, I can assure you the only way to make it in this industry is to meet as many publishers as you possibly can and then fuck them.” Joyce Carol Oates, meet The Onion.
May 22, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
- This is Allen Ginsberg’s reading list for his class “Literary History of the Beats.” (Yes, he is on it.)
- RIP children’s author Bernard Waber, who brought us Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.
- Australia’s Qantas Airlines is introducing a series of novels, Stories for Every Journey, designed to last the duration of each flight. (Well, not every journey; this seems to be specifically aimed at the “Bronze to Platinum One” customers.)
- “‘Let me use your reading material as an impetus for awkward conversation’ is a time-honored tactic of creepers the world over.” A plea to be left in peace. [Editor’s note: That said, being randomly asked, in a Left Bank branch of Paul bakery, if I was reading “a novel of old Paris” remains one of the highlights of my life.]