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Truman Capote Manuscript Is Discovered, and Other News

November 16, 2012 | by

  • An unfinished Truman Capote manuscript is discovered at the New York Public Library.
  • Cocktail recipes by Hemingway.
  • Pope Benedict encourages his flock to learn Latin.
  • Poems in the voice of cats.
  • Nora Roberts revitalizes her Maryland town.
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    The Word of the Year, and Other News

    November 14, 2012 | by

  • Oxford American Dictionaries have chosen the word of the year: GIF. The rationale? “The GIF, a compressed file format for images that can be used to create simple, looping animations, turned twenty-five this year, but like so many other relics of the 80s, it has never been trendier.”
  • The NYPL celebrates the pick thusly.
  • Biographers falling for their subjects: an occupational hazard?
  • “Any biography of a living, breathing and active figure who’s still at the height of his powers is going to have to strike a delicate balance between access and objectivity ... It can be very tricky, and it requires real finesse.”
  • Speaking of: the ten grumpiest authors in literary history.
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    San Francisco vs. New York, and Other News

    November 8, 2012 | by

  • The bestseller lists from two beloved bookstores show what San Franciscans and New Yorkers, respectively, are reading. (Spoiler: everyone loves Junot Díaz.)
  • But which book about Lincoln? Experts help you narrow it down.
  • Print is dead, and nine other conversations the folks at Book Riot would just as soon, in a perfect world, never have again.
  • Tats inspired by children’s books. Yes, The Giving Tree and Le Petit Prince are represented, but so are Ramona and Harriet Welsh! And you have to love the simplicity of this Narnia ink.
  • The New York Public Library donated the food that would have been served at their annual fundraising gala to people affected by Hurricane Sandy.
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    Bookstores Take a Beating, and Other News

    November 1, 2012 | by

    Brooklyn's Powerhouse Books, post-Sandy

  • How did bookstores fare in the wake of Hurricane Sandy?
  • A sad reality for many right now: how to care for water-damaged books.
  • The (thankfully unscathed) New York Public Library has waived fines ... until November 8.
  • Many independent bookstores are refusing to stock books from the Amazon imprint.
  • The Proper Art of Writing: a compilation of all sorts of capital or initial letters of German, Latin and Italian fonts from different masters of the noble art of writing.


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    Fake Books, Fictional Detectives

    September 20, 2012 | by

  • “Would anyone go and ‘consult’ him? One feels not.” In a rediscovered Agatha Christie document, the author admits to a love-hate relationship with her creation, the debonair Belgian detective Poirot, and critiques other mystery writers.
  • The Marquis de Sade wanted even more days of Sodom? Unfinished novels of great writers.
  • “Wanting for some unknown reason to fill a space in his study with a selection of false books—complete with witty names he thought up himself—[Dickens] wrote to a bookbinder with a list of ‘imitation book-backs’ to be created specially for his bookshelf.” Now, the New York Public Library has re-created several of these fake books.
  • And speaking of the NYPL! Thanks to a donation, the library has reconsidered its controversial plan to relocate many of its books.
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    On Cataloguing Flaubert

    August 27, 2012 | by

    Joanna Neborsky is a book lover’s illustrator. She may be as passionate and romantic about books and bookmaking as anyone I’ve met. She also draws the kind of pictures I’ve always wanted to make. They are deceptively simple due to the naive charm of each wobbly line, and they owe a great deal to the inspiration of mid-twentieth-century illustration—an obsession she and I both share. A few years ago Joanna and I collaborated on the cover of John Bowe’s Americans Talk About Love. A recent art school grad, she was willing to endlessly modify caricatures of the people interviewed for the book. The final package made for a witty and accessible take on social history. I always urge the artists I work with to keep me apprised of new projects, and so a few weeks ago I was tickled to discover a jpeg of Joanna’s poster “A Partial Inventory of Gustave Flaubert’s Personal Effects, As Catalogued by M. Lemoel on May 20, 1880, Twelve Days after the Writer’s Death” in my inbox. We had to share it with readers of The Paris Review, and now I wanted to share a little about how it came to be.

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