“Now here comes the sad part of the story. It’s evening so the Bookfair’s clearing out, so there was nothing much to do but lean on the table and wait for the girls to show up. The whole room was like that issue of McSweeney’s made to look like a newspaper, and I didn’t know what section they’d appear in. After a while they came, though, Queenie still leading the way with a copy of Salt...
Can you identify these novels based on... →
Where You'll Find Us: AWP Chicago →
We’re doing that whole table-surfing thing at AWP. Come and say hello!
Up until my stroke, I used a typewriter. An IBM Selectric. Never a computer. A...– Ray Bradbury in his delightfully curmudgeonly interview with The Paris Review from 2010
Lines From "The Princess Bride" That Double as... →
J.K. Rowling is writing her first novel for adults →
Hold onto your sorting hats, this is for real!
8 reasons why fairy tales are essential to... →
In defense of airport lit →
The deadline has been extended for Open City’s creative nonfiction fellow applications - bitchin’ Asian American writers should apply HERE.
In the BBC's children's writing contest, Daniel... →
Hobart Needs an Intern →
hobartpulp: Following up on our kinda hasty call for interns a day or two ago, here’s a bit more about what we need help with, how to contact us, and all that jazz. Interested in helping with Hobart? millionsmillions: If you’re young, awesome, a fan of excellent books, beards, and bourbon, and if you have one or more tattoos*, you should apply for this, readers. hobartpulp: Hobart...
Friday Morning Downton Diversion
1) We’ve all seen those lists of Downton Abbey anachronisms, but here Ben Yagoda of the Chronicle of Higher Ed gives the whole thing context. 2) Print out Downton paper dolls. You’re welcome.
On "Pride and Prejudice"
lazybookreviews: I was reminded of one of my favourite seminar discussions, in which we became quite agitated over the question of Mrs. Bennet’s BASIC CORRECTNESS. We all love Mr. Bennet, naturally, because he’s cutting and delightful and adores Lizzy, but Mrs. Bennet is the only character in the entire novel who seems aware of the basic desperation of her family’s situation. Newsflash,...
A whole new way to share a book
Israeli author Alex Epstein presents The Facebook Book - a digital short story collection posted for free as a photo album on that most ubiquitous of social networking sites. Read the full story here, at Electric Lit.
Man-Eaters and Murderers: Vile Women in Fiction
“I’ve been thinking lately about the truly poisonous characters in fiction. The female ones, specifically. Because women are vilified every day for not doing or saying what they’re supposed to. Is it anti-feminist to write an evil woman? I hope not, because there are some truly fabulous cunts in fiction.” - Edan Lepucki over at The Millions today.
Edith Wharton was a prude? We don't suppose you've... →
laphamsquarterly: Hi there, Jonathan Franzen. We hope you are having a lovely Tuesday. So you say Edith Wharton was a prude, confined largely to a sexless marriage, hemmed in by plainness and haunted to write about the very beauty and passion that was lacking in her own life? But have you read her porn?… My word!
Valentine's Day quiz: Tragic love in literature →
Test your heart-wrencher chops.
Alas, the love letter is no more - killed by... →
Valentine's Day is just around the corner...
We dug deep into our sentimentality to present one of our favorite love poems (really, who wouldn’t have a crush on the gentle Keats?). Bright Star Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art—- Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night And watching, with eternal lids apart, Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite, The moving waters at their priestlike task Of pure ablution round...
Virginia Woolf writes "only for women?"
According to this essay we just found in The New Age, anyway. The magazines of Modernism, PDF’d and archived for our drooling. Er, scholarship.
The Story of "The Story of O" →
“The authorial voice was too direct, too cool, to be that of a woman, some argued; others insisted that no man could have offered such a nuanced exploration of a woman’s psyche. One thing was certain: the person who wrote this novel had no shame…Depending on your erotic wishes and habits, Story of O will disturb you, frighten you, make you angry, make you upset, confuse you, disgust...