• Literary Man of the Hour, Lorin Stein named editor of the Paris Review
    March 05, 2010

    Mar 5, 2010 @ 5:59:00 am

    FSG's Lorin Stein has been named as The Paris Review's new editor and will start in April. This is a wise hire: Stein not only has good taste, he's knowledgeable about the book market (Roberto Bolaño had a devoted following before FSG started publishing him, but Stein made the Chilean author into the phenomenon he is today). Stein is also well-connected, having worked with authors like Denis Johnson, Sam Lipstye, and Lydia Davis. Oh, and last but not least, he's fun at parties, which means that he will keep a spark of George Plimpton's legacy alive.

    David Foster Wallace's work continues to

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  • Author Barry Hannah
    March 04, 2010

    Mar 4, 2010 @ 6:00:00 am

    Writer Barry Hannah has died at age 67. Though pigeonholed as a "Southern author," his work (especially Airships and Ray) has had a wide influence. His admirers included Ben Marcus, Steve Almond, Gary Lutz, and Pavement's Stephen Malkmus. One admiring student learned of Hannah's death in a tweet, and reports: "Death told via Twitter hits like a fist."

    Digital books are cheaper to make than the old-fashioned kind, but publishers agree; making e-books ain't free.

    Ayn Rand and Susan Sontag "were both brave, both immensely persuasive to hordes of acolytes, and both incredibly deluded."

    The City

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  • Eating Animals author Jonathan Safran Foer
    March 03, 2010

    Mar 3, 2010 @ 6:00:00 am

    The Columbia Journalism Review's survey of magazine websites has found that online content is a mess.

    FT.com reports that Eating Animals author Jonathan Safran Foer is no foodie: "I find people who devote their whole lives to taste a little strange."

    After selling Library Journal and School Library Journal to Media Source, Reed Business Information has named a new publisher at Publishers Weekly.

    Margaret Atwood foresees the end of the world.

    Victorian publishers thought libraries would destroy the book industry. Now, publishers worry that e-book piracy will do the same.

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  • Author Martin Amis
    March 02, 2010

    Mar 2, 2010 @ 6:00:00 am

    Gawker edits Knopf editor Carole Baron, and boy does she need it.

    There is much chatter about David Shields's liberal use of quotations in Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (the Times calls him a "free appropriation writer"), but his own thoughts still appear in the book. For one, he calls James Frey a "terrible writer." Here's an excerpt of Shields cross-fading quips on hip-hop; can you spot his pithy musings among those by Picasso, Godard, Goethe, Emerson, and Borges?

    Despite clunky novels like Yellow Dog, his views on Islam, and recent spats in the press with former friends, Martin Amis is still

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  • Apple's iPad
    March 01, 2010

    Mar 1, 2010 @ 6:00:00 am

    A leaked list of books that might be available on the epoch-shattering iPad, from The Unofficial Apple Weblog. What's the deal with the lack of McGraw-Hill books? More leaks, speculation, and denials; will the intrigue ever end?

    The Daily Beast's list of the most popular books in 16 cities contains few surprises (Dan Brown dominates), though we were shocked to see that Going Rogue tops Seattle’s bestsellers. Has “the real America” annexed another province? (New Yorkers, don't feel too superior: Sarah Pallin's book is No. 5 in the Big Apple.)

    As big publishers fret over the future of the book

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  • Novelist Colson Whitehead
    February 26, 2010

    Feb 26, 2010 @ 6:00:00 am

    Skip grad school and get all the writerly advice you need at Flavorwire, which has collected mantras for writers: Zadie Smith's grand, "Avoid cliques, gangs, groups," Jonathan Franzen's techie, "Never use the word 'then' as a ­conjunction," and Richard Ford's sage, "Don't write letters to the editor." That's good counsel from Ford, who is famous for spitting on Colson Whitehead, who panned Ford's A Multitude of Sins; why write a lowly letter when you can log a direct complaint?

    The Awl's Maria Bustillos writes "Dave Eggers is the most detested man in American haute-literary circles," and

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  • The Ask Author Sam Lipsyte
    February 25, 2010

    Feb 25, 2010 @ 6:05:00 am

    To see how publishers are advertising in the digital age, subscribe to FSG's newsletter The LipSite, which promotes Sam Lipsyte's book The Ask (pub date: 3/2) by sending readers doses of the novel's acidic wit (and author interviews) "precisely at the most depressing point of your workweek." Perhaps it is better than those trailers that publishers use to promote books, which Salon's Laura Miller calls "silly," but if you're going to do a trailer, do it like this clever one for John Wray's Lowboy.

    Polish up your love stories, readers: the editors at htmlgiant are holding a writing contest, to

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  • February 24, 2010

    Feb 24, 2010 @ 6:01:00 am

    Magnificent obsession: Flickr user John Bertram has collected more than one hundred Lolita covers.

    Generation Geek: At a time when comic book culture has never been more mainstream—or more lucrative—where’s the line between wannabe and true believer?

    The online journal Significant Objects collects junk, writes stories about it, then sells it on eBay—transformed into literary junk. Hear Objects co-founder Joshua Glenn explain. The latest post is by Padgett Powell on a Mickey Mouse patch. He's hoping to ignite a bidding war with a tale featuring the patch and a young Edgar Winter. Our Favorite?

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