April 13, 2010

The News on Tues

  • Sam Schulman wonders: should we care if great writers are terrible people?
  • Salon.com's Jeanette Demain is irked by reviewers who trash the classics on Amazon, while The New Yorker's Ian Crouch finds they can also be refreshing.
  • Michiko Kakutani thinks Yann Martel's new novel Beatrice and Virgil is "misconceived and offensive." The story has been categorized as "stuffed-animal allegory about Holocaust." Does that sound misconceived and offensive to you?
  • Translation matters to Edith Grossman, and she wants you to know why.
  • Bellona, Destroyer of Cities, a stage adaptation of Samuel R. Delany's massive sci-fi novel Dhalgren opens in New York City, and allows Sam Anderson to reconsider the epic masterwork, as well as its author. William Gibson considers the novel  "a literary singularity" while Philip K. Dick called it "the worst trash I’ve ever read" (full disclosure: I've only read about half the novel, roughly 5 years ago, but I swear I'll finish it some day, along with Ulysses and The Canterbury Tales).
  • A handy guide to correct pronounciation of authors' names, from Vladimir "na-BOE-kof" to Jorge Luis "BOR-hays" (mine, by the way, is SHY a-zoo-LIE).
  • The Pulitzer Prize in fiction has been awarded to Paul Harding’s Tinkers. D.G. Myers (of the worthy A Commonplace Blog) is not amused. (For a full list of this year's Pulitzer Prize winners go here).

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