Posts by: Salvatore Pane

Women and Criticism

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The always reputable Bookslut delivers a 23 point essay about women and criticism by Alizah Salario She checks in on Black Swan, The New Yorker, Franzenfreude and even our own Stephen Elliot’s thoughts on women in publishing.

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Win the Internet

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The good folks at Thought Catalog–including writers like Blake Butler, Tao Lin, and Jimmy Chen among others–break down the different types of people you can find on the internet. Do you think you’ve “won the internet”? Find out.

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Nanny Posthumously Declared Photography Luminary

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You have to read this undeniably strange tale over on the BBC about Vivian Maier, a suddenly revered photographer who died in obscurity. Four years ago, real estate agent John Maloof purchased the contents of an abandoned storage unit which he thought was filled with “negatives of historical architecture photographs” But what the unit actually […]

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Writers Unite to Save Harper’s Editors

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Jonathan Lethem, Sam Lipsyte, George Saunders, Zadie Smith and others have all signed an open letter to Harper’s publisher John MacArthur to save the jobs of editors Ben Metcalf and Ted Ross. Now, in an update to the article, MacArthur has responded.

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Lavender Panthers 4 EVA

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Check out this absolutely insane 1973 Time story about the Lavender Panthers, a gay vigilante group who went around San Fransisco stopping hate crimes. Led by Rev. Ray Broshears, the Lavender Panthers were experts in “judo, karate, Kung Fu or plain old alley fighting” and possessed a shotgun that could “leave a hole in a […]

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The Birth of David Foster Wallace Studies

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There’s an interesting article in The Chronicle Review about the rise of David Foster Wallace studies in the wake of the author’s death. Lit scholars discuss the proliferation of the field and how much of its research has roots in early Internet listservs. And of course there’s squabble about Pale King, DFW’s yet to be […]

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The Exonerated’s Struggle

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Great article over on the ABA Journal about the struggle of exonerated prisoners post-release. Freed prisoners talk about the many difficulties of returning to the real world including not being able to operate cell phones or computers and even how tough it is just to get a driver’s license.

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Jesus Loves Sex Workers

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It’s the question we’ve all asked ourselves at some point: what WOULD Jesus do about prostitution? Over on Salon, Tracy Clark-Flory profiles former prostitute and Hookers For Jesus rep Annie Lobert who claims to have the answer. [SPOILER ALERT: “God loooves sex!”]

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Help Dean Young

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Poet Dean Young needs your help. Afflicted with a degenerative heart condition, Young “needs to get a heart transplant soon, or go to drastic measures like a mechanical external pump.” And surely, we all know this story: Young has health insurance, but of course, it’s not going to cover the entirety of his massive bill. […]

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“Fill your hand, you son of a bitch.”

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Really informative essay over at The New York Times about Charles Portis, author of True Grit, the novel that inspired the John Wayne classic and the Coen brothers redo. NYT writer Carlo Rotella relays his own person meetings with Portis and goes so far as to claim True Grit stands as the “the great comic […]

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Killer App: The Novel

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Check out this awesome essay from Alexander Chee about his decision to move to e-books and his burgeoning Internet addiction. The Spark Notes version? Chee lives in a cramped New York apartment. Ten more books added to an already massive collection will deliver him into “crisis.” Ever have this problem, readers? Would you ever consider […]

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The End of Music Piracy: Oh Shit It’s the Cops II

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First, Laura Miller declared the end of NaNoWriMo. Now, Wired declares the end of music piracy. Citing the phasing out of DRM, the improved sound quality of iTunes downloads, the beefed up music library, and even a plea to individual reader ethics, Paul Boutin argues that it’s time for pirates to forfeit their Cold War-era […]

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Salman Rushdie’s Big Think

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“If Saul Bellow wants to write a novel set in Africa he feels free to do so, whereas sometimes if the reverse happens, if a third-world writer wishes to set a novel in Illinois, he might be asked what he thinks he is doing.” Over at Big Think, Salman Rushdie gives his thoughts on dating, […]

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Video Games: The Future of Journalism?

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Are news video games the next step in the evolution of journalism? According to Ian Bogost and the Georgia Institute of Technology they are. At the New Scientist, Bogost highlights two such games: Burger Tycoon in which players raise cattle in South Africa to produce fatty foods for global dissemination, and Escape From Woomera, a […]

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The Fight for Erotica

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Government censorship can’t happen in America, right? According to writer Marilyn Jaye Lewis, it can. She sheds light on the erotica community’s recent struggle with government censorship and why all writers need to be more conscious of first amendment rights online in the years ahead.

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Move Bush’s Book

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Remember W.? Our boy’s new memoir, Decision Points, is slated to drop tomorrow, and folks are protesting its release by pledging to subversively move the book to shops’ crime section. What do you say? Want to do some sneaky book-switching at a Barnes and Nobles near you?

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National Novel Writing Month:
Oh Shit It’s the Cops!

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Over on Salon, Laura Miller bashes NaNoWriMo calling the whole endeavor “a waste of time of energy” that proves “that the cultural spaces once dedicated to the selfless art of reading are being taken over by the narcissistic commerce of writing.” In response, Jacket Copy’s Carolyn Kellogg argues against Miller’s article point by point. She […]

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Adopt an Endangered Word

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Save the Words is a new web-based campaign to save endangered words. According to their website, hundreds of long out-of-use words are deleted from the dictionary every year leaving us with only 7,000 accounting for almost all of our daily communication. To get involved, all you have to do is cruise on over to their […]

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A Surfboard Not an Ark: Reflections on Electric Literature

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Andy Hunter, editor of the brilliant lit mag Electric Literature, gives Publisher’s Weekly an informative retrospective on his journal and his thoughts about the future of publishing. For those unaware, you can purchase print copies of Electric Literature, PDFs, or even app versions of the issues on mobile devices. In an era when so many […]

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Donate to Pop Serial and Get Free Swag

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For those unaware, Pop Serial is a limited edition lit journal published by the one and only Stephen Dierks (peep his work here). Their second issue features the work of such notable writers as Tao Lin, Frank Hinton, Noah Cicero and Jordan Castro. Dierks is hunting for ten dollar donations to go toward the issue’s […]

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Get a Tattoo AND Books For Life!

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You a fan of the publisher Two Dollar Radio? Want a free lifetime subscription to all their books? All you have to do is tattoo their logo onto your body and bam, books for life. Two Dollar author Joshua Mohr now brandishes the boom box logo on his wrist and had this to say: “The […]

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