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Made for women, by women, the newly launched Adult magazine explores sexually explicit literature and photography— and asks, is it possible for porn to be fashionable and artistic

6:57 PM, July 31st, 2012


As the Daily Beast writes, “Passports are stamped with a person’s physical and mental journeys, etched with permanent records of explorations.” These passport images, including Norman Mailer, Bernard Malamud, and Lillian Hellman, were shared by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

Reblogged from The Paris Review
3:53 PM, July 13th, 2012

Why Read ‘Gold’?



It is valuable to read a book like Gold once in a while. As E.M. Forster said, a reader must sit down alone and struggle with the writer—and, worst luck, for it takes a long time to read a book. We often choose books we will love for sure, according to our tastes. (“I adore baseball, so I’m guaranteed to love The Art of Fielding.”) Or we rely on award-winners and books already sufficiently praised. (A Visit From the Goon Squad won the Pulitzer, so it must be good.”) There are too many books and too little time.

But we ought to be tested on our critical skills often, lest we fall into complacency. It can be easy to classify Gold in the many different ways it is classifiable, and to justify yourself writing it off. “It is an Olympics book, which is not a topic worthy of serious literature.” “It is sentimental, and that is not worthy of my attention.” “It is about cyclists, and I don’t care for sports.” “It is a tearjerker, and who wants to go through that?”

But reading a book like Gold allows us to struggle with the writer. Why is this particular sentimentality bad? Wuthering Heights is sentimental, and many great novels are. How far can you take pathos? Are all novels featuring a child with advanced leukemia necessarily shamelessly capitalizing on tragedy? What makes schmaltz? A well-equipped critical mind can think more about these questions as the eyes roll over the sentences. Gold is a book that’s hard to submit to, because you’re aware of its contrivances and ways it wants to manipulate you. It is the perfect book to fight against—and in the process, sharpen your critical skills. - Jimmy So

Jimmy posted this over on the nwk book club tumblr and we wanted to share with y’all on nwktumblr because, well, damn! This is a great little contemplative tumblr post.

I wrote one too!

Reblogged from Newsweek
3:51 PM, July 10th, 2012
That is all there is to the story. Catherine died and you will die and I will die and that is all I can promise you.

This week, Scribner will publish a new edition of the 1929 novel, complete with the 47 endings Hemingway didn’t use. Among them are the so-called “Nada Ending” (above), which, I mean wow, that would have been pretty rough. 

More re-written classic novels and films

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