May 13, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
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.
May 10, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
“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.
May 9, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
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.
May 2, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
May 1, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
Moby-Dick: Or, the Card Game takes to Kickstarter.
Related: Emoji Dick.
Rules for literati. “These rules can be summed up with the overarching theme of Act Like a Normal Person.”
How to procrastinate, Kafka-style.
Braveheart, and other movies based on poems.
April 30, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
“This is a record of everything Fitzgerald wrote, and what he did with it, in his own hand.” The University of South Carolina makes F. Scott’s financial ledger available on the Internet. (“Just weeks before the opening of the movie The Great Gatsby,” the AP adds, horribly.)
In news that carries the ring of inevitability, Steven Soderbergh is writing a crime novella on Twitter.
“It’s pretty graphic, and it’s pretty pornographic for seventh-grade boys and girls to be reading,” says one concerned mother, about … Anne Frank’s diary.
Haruki Murakami is set to make his first public appearance in Japan since 1995.
A. A. Milne’s WWI propaganda career comes to light.