Monthly Archives: October 2010

Off the grid.

Randall Munroe maps the internet over at xkcd… Importance nowhere to be found. 

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Filed under A picture says a thousand words, amazon, fun stuff, google, The Internet

They announce the Booker tonight. Gentlemen, don’t place your bets.

Ladbrokes has suspended wagering on the Man Booker after I let 15,000 pounds of my Monday Night Football winnings ride on Tom McCarthy’s C last week.

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Filed under Announcement, awards, Fiction, News, sporting gentleman posts

Coetzee on Roth

J.M. Coetzee takes a bit of a circuitous ecological route to Philip Roth’s new book Nemesis in NYROB.

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Internet killed the mini-mall star

A nice little piece in The New Yorker about the internet’s affect on chain retailers prompted by Blockbuster finally filing for chapter 11 last month.

Dear Internet, please do away with combination Long John Silver-A&W’s.

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American tourists are always getting robbed in Europe:

Jonathan Franzen’s glasses were stolen and a $100K ransom note was left by a couple of party crashers at an event in London. The thieves were quickly apprehended and the glasses returned unharmed, once they brought in a chopper. Seriously, a helicopter.


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Filed under Event, Fiction, News, pranks, Punk isn't Dead

Splitting the distance.

B&N announces PubIt! a platform that allows authors and small publishers to upload digital content directly to their Nook device.


*nice to have some non-proxy B&N news.

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Filed under Announcement, Better late than never category, Book Publishing, corporate intrigue, News

Not only is there a place called The Center for Fiction,

but Ben Marcus, Christine Schutt, John Haskell, and Gary Lutz will be the participating in a panel discussion “On the Well-Tempered Sentence” there on October 6th.

The Center for Fiction 

Also, since we’ve been in the business of dragging skeletons out of Jonathan Franzen’s closet lately: here’s Ben Marcus’s great essay in Harper’s from 2005.

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Filed under essays, Event, Fiction, new york stuff