Portrait of Roald Dahl, 1954, by Carl Van Vechten.
A cultural news roundup.
William Sleator, a well-loved author of young-adult science fiction and fantasy, has died at sixty-six.
“Of course, buzzwords come and go. But it’s striking that 9/11 and its aftereffects have left almost no traces in the language of everyday life.”
Walk a mile in J. K. Rowling’s boots.
“Rowling, who famously guards her privacy, is one of a number of prominent public figures expected to give evidence to Lord Justice Leveson’s judicial inquiry into phone hacking and media ethics and practices.”
In response to the BBC’s plans to cut short fiction, prominent authors embark on a tweetathon.
Not to be confused with the ambitious Sixty-Six Books Twitter project.
Chinua Achebe vs. 50 Cent.
A single Salinger sentence sells for $50,000.
The Amazon digital-book library marches on.
Happy ninety-fifth birthday, Roald Dahl.
A birthday appeal to save the late author’s writing hut is controversial.
The college experience, sans tuition.
Remembering comics author Del Connell.