Weekend Bites: Kubrick’s Napoleon, Book Reviews as Christmas Catalogs, Poe’s Letters Fetch Mad Cash, The Sport of Kinks, and More

The story behind Stanley Kubrick’s never made epic, Napoleon is now in $700 dollar book form thanks to Taschen. New York Magazine wrote about it Human Resources is a bit apprehensive about anybody else attempting a film about the tiny French leader. Lit. Dear New York Times Book Review, Levi Asher thinks you look “like a Christmas catalog“. If you have a book called Sex Dungeon for Sale, the only natural thing to do to celebrate it’s coming out is […]

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Bites: Bookslut on Tao Lin, Tao Lin on Bookslut review, J.R.R. Tolkien’s family are gonna get paid, more Proust, Generation X playlists, more

Bookslut reviews Shoplifting From American Apparel.  Tao Lin calls this review ‘damning’  via his Twitter. Everything is totally cool between the heirs of J.R.R. Tolkien and HarperCollins.  (Thanks Vulture) New Yorker weighs in on Times Square vs. The High Line Sarkozy had more in common with Napoleon than you thought. (Thanks The Awl) Chicago Subtext asks: “What book would Oprah never, ever pick as a book club selection? Why?”  I sat long and hard on this one, and came up […]

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A Napoleonic Love Story

Even Insubordinate Rulers Get Angsty About Love. Napoleon Bonaparte’s romantic novella, Clisson and Eugenie, which he wrote after a failed relationship with a woman named Desiree, will be translated into English in October and published by London-based publisher Gallic. The Guardian calls his novella “an early precursor of chick-lit.” Oh God, could Napoleon really be partially responsible not only for the Civil Code and his own personalized brand of warfare, but also for such cultural frontispieces as The Devil Wears […]

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