The Four Stories reading series – you remember: four authors; one theme; the Enormous Room – starts up again this fall after a run in Osaka, Japan. Didn’t make those myself; the walk to the elephant-doored Cambridge spot was a little more convenient. The second season opens on September 11 with “A Place Apart II: Tales of Exile and Home, Family and Foreigners.?xml:namespace>
Gloom patrol: Every Visible Thing lures The Crow fans with its jacket art
Girl next door: Lisa Carey doesn't need black lipstick to write dark
No matter how you cut it, somewhere between ages 12-18, you’re guaranteed to enjoy at least a couple of “Hell years.” Emotional breakdowns are unavoidable, parental conflicts are routine, and the opposite sex is a confusing, terrifying force to be reckoned with.
ROADTRIP NATION: A Guide to Discovering Your Path In Life landed in our mailbox last week. Usually we're not big fans of motivational, Chicken Soup for the Young Person's Soul fodder--and the subtitle definitely made us gag. However. RTN is something special. It is a self-help text, but it's more about the how and why and here's how you can do it, too, your own way, than it is about getting across some kind of cheesy catch-phrase.
Young Catherine Earnshaw: The Kristen Cavalleri of Yorkshire Moors: The Real Victorian England
Emily Brontë has a powerful heart of darkness
Via Blog of a Bookslut:
Jaemie Gallie of the Yorkshire Post reports that Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë's classic Victorian love story, is being adapted into a comic
The venerable Ploughshares just released its 100th issue, and did so almost entirely sans fanfare. The 35 year-old literary magazine opted against a best-of retrospective or a compilation of essays by past guest editors. Instead, it’s business as usual for the Emerson-based, Plough-and-Stars-founded journal.
Marisha Pessl: Hot & High-Rollin'
Book critics and the lit bloggers are all a-buzz over the huge cash advance Marisha Pessl was paid for her debut, Special Topics in Calamity Physics.
Despite what most agree is a disappointing, rocky start, the novel
blooms into an addictive, Nobokov-esqe (and god knows Word Up will sink
its teeth into anything Nabokovian--seriously, anything) thriller about a boarding school with a sinister past.
Chuck Klosterman: The Ultimate Indie-Yuppie
Ugh, Chuck Klosterman. You're a good writer, you're super-successful, you started out as a nerdy nobody, and you're more obsessed with the minutae of pop-culture ephemera than anyone on earth. We admire all of that. So why do we find you so fucking annoying? It's a dilemma, truly.
Hey hi, did you miss us? The internerd at Phoenix HQ was all crazy and unreliable through the end of last week. Thank Christ the www is just a series of tubes. Rest easy, everything's fixed now. Here's an interesting bit from the inbox:
Via Publisher's Marketplace:
Over the weekend the Wall Street Journal looked at books that come with soundtracks--sometimes formally packaged with the book, sometimes informally posted on the web.
A criminal lawyer who moonlights as a beer scribe? We feel as if we could trust Andy Crouch to impart real knowledge on subjects like the Constitution and hops. Two themes, in fact, that segue flawlessly into The Good Beer Guide to New England. Here, nearly 100 pubs, bars, and breweries are wittily profiled and rated with the kind of diligence found in the most conscientious of booze hounds.
"When people start writing there is this idea that
you have to get everything right first time, every sentence has to be
perfect, every paragraph has to be perfect, every chapter has to be
perfect, but what you're doing is not any kind of public show, until
you're ready for it. There is a kind of mysticism to writing.
Sick of the endless Snakes on a Plane hype? Us neither! Which is why you really ought to spend your morning learning everything possible about Snakes on a Book.
"They say you cannot judge a book by its cover, but what if your summer read is bound in snakeskin?
Most people would not relish opening a book wrapped in cobra or python skin, especially with the summer’s big movie Snakes On A Plane expected to remind us that snakes are one of the animal kingdom’s least popular critters."
This isn’t about books or authors or the practice of writing. Thanks goes to Adam Reilly for passing along this piece in the L.A. Times. In it, Claire Hoffman spends some time with Joe Francis, the guy behind the “Girls Gone Wild” empire. Without question one of the most sickening and powerful pieces of journalism I’ve read in a long, long time.
In April, 2005, a contest was announced. People ages 20 to 29 were invited to submit non-fiction essays on any subject to Matt (used to love C&C Music Factory!) and Jillian (went to three NKOTB shows!), two twentysomething editorial assistants at Random House. The blue-ribbon essay would earn the author a quick $20,000, and it, along the running-up essays would be included in an anthology published by Random House.
Screwed over by passion, saved by alcohol: Newtonville has another
cathartic double billing of deliciously dysfunctional fiction for the
sulkies and sensies. First up is Jami Attenberg and her debut novel, Instant Love, which is about a group of young woman whose love lives are more unpredictable than Paris Hilton’s
The author of YA fave Bad Girls, Alex McAuley, has a new fluff book out this month: Summer Love. MTV film execs are dying to cast Avril Lavigne and Kristen Cavalleri opposite each other on the film adaptation of the novel. McAuley's sums up the title on her website:
"It's Laguna Beach meets Cape Fear when a rich girl from California confronts murder and isolation on North Carolina's stormy Outer Banks."