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Friday, October 8, 2010

News Around the Net

Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for literature. This marks the first time since 1993 that the award has gone to a writer whom I've even vaguely heard of (Toni Morrison). Congrats!

Jonathan Franzen's glasses were held for ransom at a recent London party for $100,000. He probably went and bought another pair for like $6. Have you seen his glasses? That might be overpriced. Anyone had enough of Franzen mania yet?

Why characters you hate are good things. I hate liking characters too. Harry Potter? What a jerk.

A lost Ted Hughes poem detailing his anguish over the dead of wife, Sylvia Plath, has been uncovered and published.
Not the most uplifting read in the world, but certainly worth noting.

The National Book Foundation announced it's "5 Under 35" for this year. The writers are selected yearly (this is the fifth year) by past winners of the National Book Award. No Christopher Paolini this year. Maybe next year. Or the year after. Or the year after, etc.

Want to know what James Franco's favorite poems are? Well, too bad. You're getting them anyway.

Stephen King is on a mission to make vampires scary again. He's probably the right man for the job.

1 comment:

shawnte said...

I have to admit that I loved Christopher Moore's vampire books. Although, I don't really care much about how vampires get presented. I mostly enjoyed them because Abby Normal was the most hilarious character I've read.