Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Book News, In Brief

For some strange reason, The Sydney Herald has randomly printed up a timeline of author Paul Auster's life thus far. Auster stalkers are welcome to chime in with any inaccuracies/omissions.

This LATimes article starts off announcing the film adaptation of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World before morphing into a truly interesting mini-biography of Huxley, his wife, and their Hollywood Hills home (complete with "space room" and "inversion machine"!).

In The GuardianUK, Sean O'Brien offers up six tips for adding drama to poetry, but not once does he mention balcony recitation, self-flagellation or defecating on a flag. Could there be a part two in tomorrow's paper?

Fed up after four months in a safe house, exiled writer Taslima Nasreen has announced that she is ready to leave India. Nasreen's writing about the many ways that religion oppresses women, as well as her descriptions of violence against Hindus in the novel Shame, have resulted in countless death threats, raspberries and 'why I oughttas' aimed against her.