Friday, January 4, 2008

I'm Robbing The Believer to Feed You, My Faithless, Fickle Flock

Besides Don Diva, The Believer is the only magazine out there actively giving the toll free internet a run for my meager funds. Listed below are a few interviews with writers of varying styles and formats. Enjoy.

Lydia Davis, author of Almost No Memory and Break It Down, translator of Proust’s Du côté de chez Swann, winner of many of the major American writing awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship for fiction.

David Simon, creator/writer/producer of HBO's The Wire and author of the books Homicide and The Corner, is interviewed by Nick Hornby, author of High Fidelity and Slam.

T Cooper, author of Some of the Parts and Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes (and perhaps the one person in the literary world with whom I could stand to have a book club) is interviewed by Sigrid Nunez, author of The Last of Her Kind, A Feather on the Breath of God and Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury.

Book News, In Brief

Tom Wolfe has switched publishers for his new novel, Back to Blood. Unfortunately, he has yet to switch to a new topic. Little, Brown and Company will be releasing Wolfe's umpteenth examination of wealth and class later this year.

Via The Guardian UK: Authors duke it out over the one sentence paragraph.

My patriotic heart soars with the eagles -- Canada has slipped behind the USA in regards to their reading habits. That means we've got 'em beat on murders, rapes, violent crimes and reading. We're number one! We're number one! Woo-hoo!

Video interviews with comics writer Alan Moore about V for Vendetta, Watchmen, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Lost Girls.

Marvel Comics has angered hordes of dedicated Spider-man fans with the newest issue of The Amazing Spider-Man. In it, the fictional webslinger makes a deal with the fictional devil to re-write/throw out large chunks of last 45 years of the book's fictional continuity. In other words, it's the company's way of admitting that a lot of those stories were crap.

Lastly, the most obvious literary award headline ever today.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Recommended Viewing:
J.K. Rowling: A Year In The Life

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Book News, In Brief

Robert Frost's Vermont home was trashed by drunken, under-aged party goers. Apparently, Frost's ghost lured the teens to his home via his/its MySpace page. Perv.

I love this: The mainstream press is dissing Laura Ingalls Wilder. I only wish I'd gotten there first.

While HarperCollins "rushes to publish a Bhutto-written book," Carl Rove signs a $1.5 million book deal. Re-reading that last sentence, I think I've got a great idea as to how some crazed, lone gunman could help Rove with his first week sales...

Zzz. J.K. Rowling hints at another Potter book. Well, it's more money for us, right?