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  • October 05, 2006
    By Nina MacLaughlin

    A 10th anniversary edition of David Foster Wallace’s juggernaut of a novel Infinite Jest is being released in November. (Amazon lists the date as November 13). And according to the Howling Fantods, the premiere site for all things DFW, Dave Eggers wrote the forward.

    In other DFDubs news, John Krasinski, the 26 year-old Newton native who plays Jim on The Office, is making a movie based on Wallace’s short story collection Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (which includes the story “Forever Overhead,” which I read as a 13 year old in the Best American Fiction anthology of 1992; I fell hard for DFW after that).

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  • September 27, 2006
    By Sharon Steel


    LIES!

    The jig is up, Barrino. We've never been all that fond of you, but this stuff isn't helping your rep:

    1. The AI winner confessed to Kim Green, who ghost-wrote Barrino's biography, Life is Not a Fairy Tale (Simon & Schuster), that she couldn't read or write (or review Green's chapters in progress for accuracy, etc.


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  • September 21, 2006
    By Sharon Steel


    Relax, Tim Gunn, it's just fashion!

    Holler! Pardon the semi-sporadic postings up in here. Now that it's fall and Boston is a city again, there's ohsomuch more to do. Of late, we've been buried underneath an imposing stack of press releases that doesn't ever seem to get smaller -- though it does include some delicious upcoming author appearances that we'll obvs let you know about asap.


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  • August 28, 2006
    By Sharon Steel


    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




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  • August 14, 2006
    By Sharon Steel

    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."

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  • August 04, 2006
    By Sharon Steel

    Learn your lesson.

    How'd we miss this? On Wednesday The Guardian UK ran Lionel Shriver's infuriating diatribe on "vapid" computer-generated book covers. While we're not familiar with the author's work, we've decided to pre-judge and say that we pretty much hate her already. Especially for lines such as these:

    "Few companies would lavish such care on finding just the right image for a single book, and I admire their perfectionism.

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  • August 02, 2006
    By Sharon Steel

    This half of Word Up is a little bit consumed with the whole Harry Potter...everything. And we're having serious withdrawal issues this summer since there's no 19438328289 lb. new book to carry around and sink our teeth into. Really, we EAT Harry Potter books. They taste like crumpets. With jam. Jolly good!

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  • August 01, 2006
    By Sharon Steel

    The United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) monitors both the number and type of books published per country per year. In 2005, the US shelved 172,000 new books. We only came in second to the UK, which printed a total of 206,000.

    With numbers like that it's no surprise to anyone -- especially struggling writers -- that landing a book deal, or even just scoring an agent, has gotten harder than debuting a number one pop single without ever having released a record

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  • July 28, 2006
    By Sharon Steel

    We're delighted to regurgitate the completely phenomenal news that the snarky ladies behind one of our favorite blogs, the most triumphant Go Fug Yourself, have just landed book deal worth at least a quarter of the total value of Sienna Miller's capri leggings collection:

    Publisher's Marketplace reports the sale of "Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan's The Fug Awards, fashion critiques of celebrity outfits from the authors of a popular website, to Jeremie Ruby-Strauss at Simon Spotlight Entertainment, in a good deal, by Scott Hoffman at Folio Literary Management (NA)."

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  • July 27, 2006
    By Sharon Steel

    "After 1957 On the Road sold a trillion Levis and a million espresso machines, and also sent countless kids on the road...the alienation, the restlessness, the dissatisfaction were already there waiting when Kerouac pointed out the road." --William Burroughs

    "I woke up as the sun was reddening; and that was the one distinct time in my life, the strangest moment of all, when I didn't know who I was -- I was far away from home, haunted and tired with travel, in a cheap hotel room I'd never seen, hearing the hiss of steam outside and the creak of the old wood of the hotel, and footsteps upstairs, and all the sad sounds, and I looked at the cracked high ceiling and really didn't know who I was for about fifteen strange seconds."

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  • July 24, 2006
    By Sharon Steel

    Word Up approved lit-links for your case of the Mondays:

    *This half of Word Up doesn't buy as many comics as she used to, but check out Galley Cat's intellectually exhaustive coverage of San Diego's Comic-Con Festival. Holler, tons of important, extremely famous people got their geek on (including Sameul L.

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  • July 21, 2006
    By Sharon Steel

    It's not just Tom Cruisazy's game anymore. Katie's looking rough, and we haven't seen so much as the tiniest glimpse of their L. Ron Hubbard-approved lovechild Suri, but now we've got the insider info on Thomas Pynchon's sixth novel, Against the Day, due in December from Penguin Press.

    This is the stuff of dreams! The internerd's crazy Pynchon cult has got its collective groupie panties in a twist over the author's not-so-anonymous Amazon.

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