Posts Tagged: Daily Beast

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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The project to bring a second bookstore to Queens, New York has met its Kickstarter goal. The borough of 2.2 million people was down to a single bookstore, Astoria Bookshop, after a Forest Hills Barnes & Noble closed. Bangkok has a thriving bookstore scene. Amazon targets New York City’s literary scene with a brick and […]

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Italian Author Denies He Plagiarized

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Daily Beast journalist Michael Moynihan recently accused Italian journalist Roberto Saviano of plagiarizing lesser-known journalists for his latest book, Zero Zero Zero. The book, which Saviano is now calling a “nonfiction novel,” is an expose of international drug trafficking. But, asserts Moynihan, the book contains outright plagiarism, reporting “plundered” from other sources, and invented interviews. Saviano […]

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Fifty More Shades of Grey (And Counting)

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Prospects for your serialized proto-fictional new generation adaptation of The Hunger Games are bright. As fan fiction solidifies its status as a literary genre in its own right, publishers are catching on: …what was once viewed as either uncreative, a legal morass of copyright issues, or both, is now seen as a potential savior for […]

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Different Worlds

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While the boundary between fiction and nonfiction has never been clearly defined, no one said crossing over would be easy. For the Daily Beast, Esther Freud describes how she made the jump: If I was writing about a real person, I would have to seek out every last possible truth. I would have to bend […]

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The Rules are There

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In his new book The Sense of Style, brain scientist Steven Pinker calls for a relaxation of English grammar rules. While the Daily Beast’s review praises Pinker for rejecting the false dichotomy between prescriptive and descriptive grammar, the New Yorker argues that we need rules to communicate. No word yet on using the wrong version […]

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Chomsky For You

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Intellectual all-star and modern day renaissance man Noam Chomsky has finally released a “Best Of” anthology, to the elation of liberal arts students nationwide. At The Daily Beast, David Masciotra makes the case for Chomsky’s continuing relevance: Regardless of how one wrestles with Noam Chomsky, one does always wrestle, leaving the bout much smarter and stronger. […]

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Penelope and Phyllis

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Two mid-century writers you don’t hear a lot about are getting some attention: Penelope Mortimer at The Daily Beast, and Phyllis McGinley at The Paris Review. Though they shared publication histories (and initials), their styles couldn’t have been more different. Penelope tended to write dark, confessional stories about the difficulties of marriage and love, while Phyllis wrote about “the stability […]

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Gaza Roundup

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There’s more violence in Gaza today. Emily Hauser asks a tough question about Israeli claims that its strikes are surgical and aimed at terrorists. The IDF used social media to announce and live-blog the attacks, and to celebrate the killing of Ahmed Al-Jabari. Slate refers to this as “total military transparency,” but it feels more […]

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Joke or Invitation?

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In a thought-provoking Daily Beast essay about Daniel Tosh’s “rape joke” at the Laugh Factory, Rumpus Funny Women editor Elissa Bassist clarifies the distinction between using humor “to cope or to point out the absurdity of a situation” and making a joke to humiliate, threaten, or assert power over another person. Over at Salon, Rumpus […]

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