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Friday, December 11, 2009

News Around the Net

Remember when I asked if anyone had a spare $20,000 around for Cormac McCarthy's non-functional (it doesn't work!) typewriter? Well, I was wrong. It turns out you needed more than ten times that much.

For so much talk about the best books of the decade, how about a little talk about the worst books of the decade? A surprising amount of hate for Ian McEwan. It's like he's the British Dan Brown and I had no idea. He wrote Atonement!

Read Herta Muller's Nobel Prize speech. Even in her speeches, she tells better stories than me. Sigh.

Literary magazine Opium is getting on the iPhone with its own app. If only all lit mags had enough money to get their own iPhone applications. The world would be better. And less bulky.

Speaking of technology, let the kindle-ization of short fiction begin. The Atlantic is going to offer short stories exclusively on Kindle. They will not be offered in print.

Rick Moody, who recently twittered a short story, talks about online publishing.

The Millions has been posting their annual "A Year In Reading" series. You can also feel free to look through previous years' posts.

1 comment:

David Edwards said...

I wasn't impressed with that "worst books of the decade" list. It was just some fantastically pretentious analysis of the guy's personal dislikes.

He literally wrote, "Then there are all those books that probably shouldn't have won the Booker prize. Which is to say, all the books that won the Booker prize...."

He's probably just jealous that publishers aren't showing any interest in his manuscript. It's probably about a rare cheese heist or something.