June 15, 2010

The News on Tues

Is it Tuesday already?
  • Are we done talking about The New Yorker's 20 authors under 40? Nope, New York Times book review editor Sam Tanenhaus still has a few things to say.
  • John Feffer has made me feel better about the 300+ books I own but have not yet finished - he's still working on getting through the books he bought in his teens. However, if I run into Ralph Gardner, another bibliophile, at a used book store, there might be trouble - I can just see him reaching for that first edition Gide as I lunge at him from across the room in slo-mo.
  • Turns out J.G. Ballard, who claimed that he never held on to letters, reviews, or research materials, had a secret archive after all. His daughters donated it to the British Library - will we get to see online selections as in the case of David Foster Wallace's archives?
  • Want to read Tolstoy but worried about the length? The L.A. Times' Carolyn Kellogg has some suggestions.
  • With Bloomsday just around the corner, everyone in the lit media is trying to dig up some new Ulysses news, and so they all happily flocked to report that Apple had required Robert Berry, the artist behind the Ulysses Seen project, an online graphic adaptation of the novel, to censor all nude images, including nonsexual ones like Buck Mulligan taking a bath, from his iPad app. The story was covered by The New Yorker, The New York Times, Robot 6, and Slate, who nearly all referenced the landmark censorship case Ulysses won in 1933, when a federal judge ruled that it was not obscene, and allowed its publication in the United States. Though Mr. Berry said that he did not feel censored by Apple since “It’s their rules...We’re coming to their dinner party at their house,” Apple, perhaps fearing the wrath of English Department grad students (probably their loyalest customers), has invited him to resubmit the original images.
  • On Bookforum Alan Lucey recommends an antidote to the pervasive digital data encroaching on our lives - a dose of Dada;  since registration to the site is required (albeit free), here are the four books he recommends (minus his descriptions):
  1. The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess by Andrei Codrescu
  2. Pppppp: Poems Performances Pieces Proses Plays Poetics by Kurt Schwitters
  3. I Am a Beautiful Monster: Poetry, Prose, and Provocation by Francis Picabia
  4. Dada in Paris by Michel Sanouillet

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