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Tag Archives: J. K. Rowling

 

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  • On the Shelf

    Wearable Books, and Other News

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  • Meet The Wizard of Jeanz. It consists of twenty-one volumes, each a chapter of The Wizard of Oz that, when unfolded, turns into an article of clothing. Designer Hiroaki Ohya says he was “disillusioned with the transitory nature of fashion … [and] struck with the permanency of books as objects that can transport ideas.”
  • Yesterday it was book-inspired ice cream; now we have Harry Potter beer. Pilsner of Azkaban, anyone?
  • Speaking of (well, sort of), J. K. Rowling explains how she lit on the pseudonym Robert Galbraith: a combination of Robert F. Kennedy and Ella Galbraith, her childhood alias.
  • On spirants, those consonants which involve a continuous expulsion of breath.
  • The bad house guests in literature.
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    New Joseph Heller Story, and Other News

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  • A first edition of The Cuckoo’s Calling—signed by Robert Galbraith—has sold on AbeBooks for $4,453 (£2,950), and the remaining copy is listed for $6,193.24.
  • Anyway, now we know who leaked J. K. Rowling’s identity: her law firm.
  • “Almost Like Christmas,” a short story written post-war by a young Joseph Heller, will be published next week by Strand Magazine.
  • It is unclear whether teachers (according to a Pew study) abhor the Internet’s influence on student writing …
  • … or welcome it.
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    J. K. Rowling’s Party is Over, and Other News

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  • By now, you are probably aware that J. K. Rowling wrote detective novel The Cuckoo’s Calling under the guise of Robert Galbraith, an ex-military family man. Quoth she, “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”
  • Can’t imagine what anyone would stand to gain by revealing the truth behind the modest seller.
  • The publishers who turned the novel down are, of course, kicking themselves.
  • Related: a brief history of the pseudonym.
  • For your alienated youngster: My First Kafka.
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