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Monday Bites: literary duels, giant guinea pigs, poets being selfish, pynchon reviews, daria, david cronenberg picks delillo’s worst book

Good morning! Did you know that Dostoevsky once challenged Turgenev to a duel? I ask, with swords?? Do famous writers still duel? Norman Mailer probably did. And Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez sort of managed, although it was more of a one-punch deal. On literary feuds. Giant guinea pigs trump boy wizards, apparently. The Daily Beast interviews Jeffrey Eugenides, who was fired from his desk job at the Academy of American Poets for writing parts of The Virgin […]

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Bites: Nabokov with naked women, Tao Lin selling bumper stickers, Sufjan Stevens, and the zombie train adds an extra passenger

Well, some of us are actually gonna have to buy Playboy for the writing it seems, because they are giving us a 5,000 word glimpse at Vladimir Nabokov’s final, unfinished novella, The Original of Laura in their December issue (which comes out Nov. 10th) a week before it ships for sale. An all string reworking of Sufjan Stevens 2001 album Enjoy Your Rabbit will be out in November. I’m happy about this. The title of the album is Run Rabbit […]

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