Posts Tagged: Jennifer Egan
With giddiness over the National League Championship, Lit Hub imagines the amusing fantasy lineup of players if the baseball teams were made up entirely of writers. Pitting Jennifer Egan and George Saunders against Malcolm Gladwell and Alice Munro, the list is an entertaining interpretation of writers’ styles translating into athletic skill....more
The Guardian reports that Neil Gaiman has added his name to a letter urging China’s president Xi Jinping to release dissident writers “languishing in jail for the crime of expressing their opinions.” In addition to Gaiman, several other famed authors, including Jonathan Franzen and Jennifer Eagan, have contributed to the effort, calling for “immediate steps to defend and protect the rights of all Chinese citizens to communicate and access information freely.”...more
If you’re going to spend so much time on social media, you might as well make art out of it. The Atlantic‘s Olivia Goldhill looks at the inevitable rise of maybe-joke, maybe-for-real Twitter fiction....more
Well, one of things we have in common as writers is that we don’t work too much from personal experience. So, I feel like there’s a constant desire for readers to find parallels between one’s life and one’s work. And they do exist but I think in the case of people like us if we wanted that to be the conversation, they would be much more in the foreground.
For T Magazine, seven authors reflect on the experience of revisiting and annotating their early works for an upcoming PEN American Center fundraiser. George Saunders thinks his style in CivilWarLand in Bad Decline was “manic and abrupt.” Jennifer Egan still regrets that she failed to include an Epic poetry chapter in A Visit From the Goon Squad....more
It’s that time of year where we’re all craving a good scary story, be it told by candle light, on a screen, or in a book. Neil Gaiman’s middle-reader graphic novel Hansel and Gretel came out on Tuesday of this week, and he recently spoke to TOON Books editor Françoise Mouly and Art Speigelman about it....more
Saturday 4/26: Andrew Durbin and Rod Smith join the Segue Series. Durbin’s Mature Themes is forthcoming from Nightboat Books. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5.
Brooklyn Zine Fest. Brooklyn Historical Society, 11 a.m., free.
Sunday 4/27: Emily Brandt, editor of No Dear, hosts Walking Distance, a reading series featuring nearby writers including co-editor Alex Cuff, Natalie Eilbert, Simone Kearney, Virginia McLure, Britt Melewski, Marina Weiss, and more....more
Saturday 11/9: The Comic Arts Festival features guest speakers, indie publishers, and self-published comic zines. Mt. Carmel Church -and- The Knitting Factory, 11am to 7pm, free....more
Book Riot has a kickass playlist of books in which music is central.
From the Scott Pilgrim series to Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize–winning A Visit From the Goon Squad, they’re all books that use bands, records, and mix-tapes to strum at our heartstrings....more
Hurricane Sandy hates books, according to the name of a relief fundraiser at the powerHouse arena in Brooklyn this Saturday.
Although it seems unwise to anger Sandy any further (and perhaps unfair to expect a meteorological phenomenon to have an appreciation of literature), the event is completely packed with amazing writers and artists: Teju Cole, Tea Obreht, Jennifer Egan, Adrian Tomine, and the list goes on....more
One of the reasons that I left my middle-management job during a recession was because I never had the energy left over to read.
In fact, I never had the energy or passion left over to do much of anything. For four years I lived in San Francisco and worked ten- to twelve-hour days, first in San Francisco and then in Oakland....more
This week in New York Jennifer Egan and Jane Mendelsohn talk about rocking out, Happy Ending provides us with another happy ending, Jakub Ziolkowski exhibits at Hauser & Wirth, David Farley asks who stole Jesus’s foreskin, She & Him sing, Ask Me goes queer, The White Ribbon still runs at Film Forum, Hedy goes ‘single white female’ on her ass, and of course vintage, vintage, vintage at The Flea....more
Jennifer Egan is widely regarded, not pejoratively, as an “unclassifiable” novelist. Indeed, each of her books—Emerald City, The Invisible Circus, Look at Me, The Keep, and now A Visit From the Goon Squad—could have been written by different writers, so distinct are they in setting and style....more
A new article over at Mother Jones gives us summer nonfiction picks from some of the biggest writers working today. Susan Orlean recommends The Looming Tower, Jennifer Egan selects The Image, and Michael Chabon has this to say about The Encyclopedia of Fantasy:
“A single, immense, thrilling work of literary theory disguised as a reference book.”
Hmm… Doesn’t sound exactly like beach material to us....more