paper trail

Aug 14, 2013 @ 12:04:00 am

Our favorite slideshow of the day is David Woolfall’s series of portraits of women who write erotic fiction ... and the very dirty captions that are excerpted from their books.

A woman walks into a bookstore and wonders aloud if the Brian Stelter book she’s picked up is any good. The guy next to her remarks, "Actually it is. I'm Brian Stelter." The New York Times media reporter explains how he shills his book.

Chooseco, the company behind more than 180 “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the '80s ooks into the twenty-first century by turning them into iPad apps.

A forthcoming video game called “The Novelist” puts players in the role of a writer forced to balance the quiet demands of a domestic and professional life. “There’s no winning or losing,” creator Kent Hudson said in an interview. “[M]y hope is that as you’re presented with the same fundamental question ... over the course of the game, that you start to learn about your own values. And by the end ... maybe your guy has written the greatest book ever but his wife left him and his kid is getting in trouble at school all the time. Well, I guess when push comes to shove, you’ve decided that career’s more important than family. Or vice versa.”

The New York Times reviews a theatrical adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, which just debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival.

At the New Yorker’s Page Turner blog, Carol Muske-Dukes recalls the time she saw John Cheever read from his acclaimed prison novel Falconer at Sing Sing prison, and what it must have been like for the author when the inmates got angry at him over a group masturbation scene: “I didn’t fully grasp, till I thought about it later, how the Q. & A. at Sing Sing... must have been like facing a roomful of his own characters, suddenly eerily alive, talking back to him, pointing their fingers.”