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The Hatchet Falls

January 9, 2013 | by

The Omnivore brings us the Hatchet Job of the Year Awards 2013. In their words, this pan-centric prize rewards “the writer of the angriest, funniest, most trenchant book review of the past twelve months” and “aims to raise the profile of professional critics and to promote integrity and wit in literary journalism.” View the shortlist here: few will be surprised to find Zoë Heller’s NYRB evisceration of Salman Rushdie’s Josef Anton, or that Naomi Woolf’s Vagina rated a few screeds. But who will win the year’s supply of potted shrimp? And has Adam Mars-Jones, 2012 winner for his Observer takedown of Michael Cunningham’s By Nightfall, done justice to his prize?

 

 

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New Bram Stoker, and Other News

December 19, 2012 | by

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007, Moby-Dick, Literates

October 19, 2012 | by

  • The handwritten contract for Moby-Dick.
  • The top ten literary parodies! (Warning: highly subjective and skews very British. But then, it would.)
  • Watch the trailer for Midnight’s Children. In the words of one YouTube commenter, “can b a gud movie for literates.”
  • In news that will shock no one, Swedish researchers find writers are unusually prone to depression, mood disorders, and substance abuse.
  • The Economist charts the kills, conquests, and tipples of the various James Bonds.
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    Crumb on Bukowski, Rushdie on James

    October 11, 2012 | by

  • A match made … well, you decide where! R. Crumb illustrates Charles Bukowski.
  • How to survive an online pan: in this case, persuade the author to remove it.
  • A history of cricket in literature.
  • A new attempt at a Breakfast at Tiffany’s musical is headed for Broadway.
  • “I've never read anything so badly written that got published.” Salman Rushdie on Fifty Shades of Grey.
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    Good-bye, Friends; Hello, Technology!

    June 28, 2012 | by

  • Au revoir, Village Voice bookstore! You will be missed!
  • Slow readers, listen up: a new app tells you exactly how long it will take to finish a book.
  • Library patrons can now not only borrow but publish books.
  • The best Nora Ephron bookstore moments.
  • Meet “The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of His Verdict,” a new Iranian video game.
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    Browning at 200, Publishers at 83

    May 10, 2012 | by

  • Salman Rushdie and Jonathan Lethem are among the seven hundred writers and cultural marchers who signed a letter protesting the planned revamp of the New York Public Library.
  • Dickens isn’t the only one turning two hundred! Wishing a happy bicentenary to Robert Browning.
  • Madame Bovary, the pie chart.
  • The James Joyce papers go digital.
  • Maurice Sendak’s books thrilled children and terrified adults.
  • And speaking of Sendak, more memories and tributes.
  • Rock 27 is publishing eighty-three.
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