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Joyce Carol Oates Gives Questionable Advice, and Other News

June 6, 2013 | by

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  • “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

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Celestial Homework, and Other News

May 22, 2013 | by

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  • 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.
  • Australias 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.]

 

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A Reading Rainbow, and Other News

May 13, 2013 | by

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  • Tessa Hadley on how to write tedium, interestingly.
  • Speaking of alleviating boredom: good reads for a long flight.
  • Can there ever be too many literary-tattoo roundups? Well, whatever your answer, here’s a good one!
  • LeVar Burton schools Stephen Colbert and Carey Mulligan on The Great Gatsby. But you don’t have to take his word for it!
  • Dan Brown apparently deals with writer’s block by hanging upside down.
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    Celebrity Publishing, and Other News

    May 10, 2013 | by

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  • “I waited until my first book was published to learn the genre, and when Oprah announced ‘It’s literary fiction!’ just seconds after my pub date, I was overcome with joy.” At McSweeney’s, Jessica Francis Kane tries to make the Genre Reveal Party happen. 
  • Stewart Brand, the human proto-Internet.
  • Viggo Mortensen, Johnny Depp, and 50 Cent: just three of the celebrity publishers on the scene.
  • Short fiction, annotated.
  • “Around the time we had our first home computer, my dad started to keep track of all of the books that he read in an Excel Spreadsheet. He kept his spreadsheet up to date for almost twenty years, and he’d accumulated 10,496 books before his death. My dad rated his books on a 1-10 scale, but his average score floated around 7.5/10, so I think he generally enjoyed most of what he read.” A tribute to a devoted reader.
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    Under Covers, and Other News

    May 9, 2013 | by

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  • Iconic book covers and their (often less-than-iconic) adaptation posters.
  • Speaking of: children’s books that (arguably) should never have been filmed.
  • The stories behind classic book titles.
  • The New York Times points up the growing trend of poets laureate around the country.
  • An author calls for an end to gendered book covers and issues a challenge, with excellent results.
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    Unpoetic Day Jobs, and Other News

    May 2, 2013 | by

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