Afternoon Bites: James Salter At The Armory Show, David Cronenberg’s Pilot, Lauren Groff’s Writing Space

At The Paris Review, Jenny Hendrix looks at James Salter’s presence at the Armory Show. Lauren Groff discusses where she writes. People have been telling us fantastic things about her new book Arcadia, so hey… David Cronenberg is working on a pilot called Knifeman. In related news, we are incapable of seeing that and not hearing the old Batman theme song, but with “Knifeman” in place of “Batman.” Via Warren Ellis comes this post from Matt Webb about the notion of “product.” […]

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David Cronenberg Meets Jonathan Lethem. I Weep With Delight

I’m going through different stages of excitement after reading this: In recent years, he’s successfully moved into more mainstream, if indubitably classy, fare but David Cronenberg’s latest project looks like a return to the peculiar world of The Fly or Crash. The Canadian filmmaker is planning a big-screen adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s 1997 novel As She Climbed Across the Table, the tale of a man who loses the love of his life to a shapeless void. According to the Pajiba […]

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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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