paper trail

Sep 27, 2011 @ 4:00:00 am

Orson Welles, man of letters.

Arthur Conan Doyle’s first manuscript, which was lost in the mail and never published during the Sherlock Holmes author’s lifetime, will finally see the light of day. The British Library has released “The Narrative of John Smith,” “a novel from the perspective of a 50-year-old man who is confined to his room when he has an attack of gout.”

Siddhartha Deb celebrates the launch of his new book, The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of New India, at KGB Bar in Manhattan on Tuesday.

On the occasion of a new Library of America publication of Ambrose Bierce’s collected writings, The Atlantic’s Benjamin Schwarz considers the writer who has “always been best known for being undeservedly unknown.”

Harvard’s Nieman Lab looks at what Facebook’s new design will mean for journalists.

Can’t wait to put some Faulkner into this: a new web service, Wibbitz, saves people the trouble of reading by converting online text into one-minute videos. “Basically, we analyze the text, we create a summary out of it, we only extract the most important parts of it, we analyze it and bring the most relevant images and video clips from around the web and convert all the text to voice.”

For PS1’s Art Book Fair (which starts on Thursday!), poet Jon Cotner will be leading four Spontaneous Society walking tours, which invite participants to generate “good vibes” by repeating positive phrases to people around them.

Via the blog Awesome People Reading, here’s Orson Welles wrapped up in a book.