Sunday, July 12, 2009

Literary links

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1. HBO is set to adapt Jeffrey Eugenides Middlesex into a series. (via)

2. The Observer has come up with a sure-to-be-contentious list of the "50 Best Summer Reads Ever". Argue amongst yourselves. (via)

3. It's a couple of weeks old already, but this piece on Salon about Alice Hoffman's immediately infamous Twitter attack on a critic is too good to pass up. See also: Gawker.

4. Also a bit old, but not to be missed: this year's Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (a.k.a. the Bad Writing Contest) has a winner. The culprit: David McKenzie, whose awful, awful losing winning sentence reads:

"Folks say that if you listen real close at the height of the full moon, when the wind is blowin' off Nantucket Sound from the nor' east and the dogs are howlin' for no earthly reason, you can hear the awful screams of the crew of the "Ellie May," a sturdy whaler Captained by John McTavish; for it was on just such a night when the rum was flowin' and, Davey Jones be damned, big John brought his men on deck for the first of several screaming contests."

(In McKenzie's defense, the sentence is a parody.)

5. Yet another list, this one from The Second Pass offering opinions on which classics are best avoided. Hm.

6. From the Significant Objects Project (explained here), comes an experiment in the power of literary persuasion. Would you bid on someone's "Significant Object"?

7. Have an iPhone? Want to shop indie? (Of course you do.) Check out IndieBound's iPhone App. You'll get customized recommendations delivered right to your pocket. It's the next best thing to having a bookseller delivered to your pocket. And less bulky.

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