The Speed Read
A 40-year-old conversation sparked Colm Toibin's most recent novel, "Brooklyn." ... In Colson Whitehead's perfect world, stores and libraries would categorize books as, well, books, genre labels be damned. ... How technology is changing what the definition of writing, and literature, is. ... Somebody actually kind of likes Jonathan Littell's Nazi novel, The Kindly Ones. ... James Frey misbehaves, again; Oprah is involved, again. ... Charles Dickens, past: The New York Public Library has one of the novelist's letter openers, which is made out of his dead cat's paw. Charles Dickens, future: Some mischievous anti-tinyurl, anti-Twitter soul has created DickensURL, which uses text from his writing to lengthen web addresses far beyond the 140 character Twitter limit.
By Rachel Hartigan Shea |
May 6, 2009; 10:20 AM ET
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