A still from Life of Pi
In 2010, Brent Easton Ellis got into trouble for celebrating J.D. Salinger’s death in a tweet. He apologized, but two years on, Alexander Nazaryan argues that Ellis hasn’t gotten any better: “Reading the 538th tweet about how he is going to get stoned and watch The Lorax, you want to fly to Los Angeles, grab the guy by his shoulders and scream at him, ‘STOP TWEETING AND ACTUALLY WRITE SOMETHING.’"
Writer and sometimes Harper' columnist Larry McMurty has announced plans to downsize his Archer City, Texas, bookstore, Booked Up, by 350,000 volumes this August. To drive home the point that they’re not going out of business, the store’s website notes that Booked Up will continue to carry around 150,000 books.
Of the one hundred best-selling Kindle e-books this week, only fifteen were nonfiction.
Between recent books by Rajesh Parameswaran, Téa Obreht, Aravind Adiga and Yann Martel, The Millions claims that Tiger Lit has never been more popular... (Speaking of tigers, here’s the first still released from Ang Lee’s forthcoming adaptation of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, which stars a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.)
Eight years after n+1’s launch, editor Mark Greif reflects on the state of small magazines and their recent proliferation in the wake of Occupy Wall Street. After coming out of a tradition that produced the New Partisan and The Baffler, Greif says he now “care[s] about the New Inquiry, Triple Canopy, and Jacobin in New York, the Point in Chicago, the Los Angeles Review of Books on the west coast.”
Jon Cotner, coauthor of Ten Walks/Two Talks, will give his latest walking tour this Sunday in Central Park, where he will discuss the design philosophy of Frederick Law Olmstead and ponder the meaning of recreation.
HarperCollins is planning to release fifteen Milan Kundera audiobooks, including The Joke, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter, and Slowness.