Bookslut has created “a monthly literary magazine, devoted to the strange and to the wise.” Also links to new books by Stephen Rodrick and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Notes on new books from Ron Rash and Emily Rapp, plus a well-deserved award nomination for a memoir.
The top ten books that I didn’t read this year include Hitchens’ Mortality, Ron Rash’s The Cove, and Junot Diaz’s This Is How You Lose Her.
Peter Ames Carlin’s Bruce is the first Springsteen biography in 25 years to be written with complete access to the Boss.
Stephen Elliott is making a Happy Baby movie (with your help), Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is a religious experience, and the NY Times overlooks 25 good books.
The 2012 National Book Award winners will be announced November 14th. Here are some facts you should (or shouldn’t?) know about the finalists.
Notable book releases for early November 2012, writing advice for NaNoWrimo and self-publishers, a memoir of the literary life by Michele Filgate, and more.
A roundup of literary links involving Asheville, surrealism, Jess Walter, Whore Stories, Nicholson Baker, and more.
Have you ever claimed to read a book that you never actually finished? Plus news on Jonah Lehrer, Josh Ritter, and the Million Writers Award.
Lit-link roundup: Pulitzer Do-Over, 50 Short Fictions at Wigleaf, Nick Antosca, Blake Butler, Alix Ohlin, TMN contest, Baffler fundraiser and more.
“You could say these stories are meant to shock, but we all know that we live in an unshockable age.”
This week’s links include the luck of artistic success, DFW and Don DeLillo, Teju Cole’s Small Fates and more.
A lazy Monday, so I just wanted to let you know that Jackie Corley and friends have now provided you with 10 years of Word Riot. We say: Here’s to 10 more years.
“The beautiful thing about memoir is also the thing that makes it the most appalling: It’s actually you on the page.”
Today would have been Jack Kerouac’s 90th birthday.
A TED talk by Susan Cain on “The Power of Introverts”: Cain is the author of a book on this topic, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking * “When Vladimir Nabokov started teaching Russian literature at Wellesley College in 1944, he was frustrated by the lack of an adequate [...]
What can a short story do that a novel can’t do? Find out…
The Zen of Steve Jobs is a brief, creative re-imagining of Jobs’ relationship with the non-traditional San Francisco Zen teacher Kobun Chino Otogawa.
Sh*t Book Reviewers Say (Video by Ron Charles) Crime Pays: Jo Nesbø Talks about Killing Harry Hole and the Best Job in the World (Robert Birnbaum interview at The Millions) Jonathan Franzen, The Art of Fiction No. 207 (The Paris Review Interview, Winter 2010) Circus Love “I opened the door to the bite of marijuana [...]
Vaclev Havel has died. David Remnick composed a top-ten reading list of Vaclev Havel and Beyond — non-fiction prose writers such as Vaclav Havel who “lived, and wrote, within the truth.”Also gone and not to be forgotten: Christopher Hitchens. Robert Birnbaum says “Good Bye, Hitch.”According to Galleycat, “The Best Gift You Can Give a Writer [...]
1. The Buddha in the Attic, by Julie Otsuka. Who wouldn’t want a Buddha in the attic, watching over them from up above, dusting off the old high school yearbook and keeping the mice at bay by radiating eternal bliss? To top it off, this Buddha was a National Book Award finalist. 2. Train Dreams: [...]
Joyce Carol Oates appeared on The Bat Segundo Show.Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs topped Amazon’s Bestselling Books of 2011.But, not everyone is buying from Amazon.Robert Birnbaum on Occupy! Scenes from Occupied America (Verso), “a heart-warming anthology of the voices involved in this surprising grassroots movement.”And locally: Asheville-area writers have a new year-round, twice-monthly writing [...]
“Is our world less real than an unreal world? And if our sense of reality has fundamentally changed, how does that affect the stories we tell?” Bookforum reviews Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84.The New York Times on the genesis of The New Inquiry, “a scrappy online journal and roving clubhouse that functions as an Intellectuals Anonymous of [...]
Salon reminds you to support your indie bookstore this holiday season.Barack Obama supported Small Business Saturday by buying books, including The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz and Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth.PEN American Center lists literary and advocacy events for the week of November 26-December 3.The NY Times reviewed Charles J. [...]
Newsflash: The future is boring, says Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story.“Comedies end in marriage, tragedies in death. Otherwise they aren’t so different,” says the protagonist of Siri Hustvedt‘s “exuberant” new novel, The Summer Without Men.Only posting two stories is kinda lame, we admit. We’ll work on blogging better in the future.
Martin Amis hails the peerless intelligence and rhetorical ingenuity of his exceptional friend, Christopher Hitchens: “He’s one of the most terrifying rhetoricians the world has seen.”Robert Ebert finally wins New Yorker cartoon caption contest. Also, on Ebert’s blog, he wonders, “Does anyone want to be ‘well-read’?”Galleycat offers Free Samples of the 2011 Hugo Award NomineesNew [...]