Ang at BMB is soliciting good excuses:
The nephews graduate high school this Friday. An outside affair, sure to be miserably hot/humid.
Has the hologram technology been perfected? I need an out.
Tonight at 7 p.m., as part of the KGB Bar’s Nonfiction Series, Paul Elie reads from The Life You Save May Be Your Own, his examination of the ways in which Catholicism influenced the work of Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day.
Mark Rotella is also reading at the KGB tonight.
In related news, the BigSmallPressMall is offering four books for $27:
TMFTML observes that Adam Nicolson’s God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible is quite possibly the best reviewed book of the year, despite the relatively recent publication of Bobrick’s formidable Wide As the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired, which covers much of the same ground.
Andy Borowitz reports:
In a press conference held immediately following breakfast, Mrs. Fleischer told reporters gathered on the Fleischers’ lawn that the trouble started when she asked her husband if he had taken the garbage out as she had asked him to do.
“That’s something I’m not going to address at this time,” Mr. Fleischer reportedly replied. “Let me just say that we’re very happy with where the garbage is right now, and we’re making excellent progress on that.”
(Link via The Morning News.)
Orhan Pamuk has won the 100,000 euro* IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for My Name is Red, a murder mystery set in 16th-century Istanbul.
* $116,000 U.S.
From Brain Bleed:
So, my boyfriend and I continue to cheat on our couples therapist with our other couples therapist. Yes, we have two and yes, we see both of them weekly and no, neither of them know about the other.
Talking about her new novel, The Quality of Life Report, Meghan Daum responds to the question whether the novel’s protagonist, Lucinda Trout, is “just Meghan Daum in hoop earrings and a new kind of attitude”:
“I take it as a compliment that people think that the book is autobiographical, because that’s the job of a first-person narrator, to make you believe it’s real,” Daum says during an early-morning phone call to Los Angeles.
Thirty-two publishing-related organizations, including local bookstores and chains, issued a statement supporting a bill introduced by Vermont Rep. Bernie Sanders that would amend the U.S.A. Patriot Act.
The bill, short-titled “The Freedom to Read Protection Act,” would require investigators to show probable cause in order to obtain a subpoena for bookstore or library records, and would allow booksellers to be heard in secret court proceedings.
Here’s an exchange with coworkers on the likely resignation of two Supreme Court Justices (Rehnquist and O’Connor) in the next couple of months.
This is the Dirty Harry model of recovery, and the cinematic quality of some of Freyâ€™s exploits makes you wonder whether the facts in this memoir have been enhanced. Whatâ€™s genuine is the propulsive energy the book shares with earlier chronicles of overgrown-adolescent angst and misbehavior, like Elizabeth Wurtzelâ€™s memoir â€œProzac Nationâ€ or Chuck Palahniukâ€™s novel â€œFight Club.â€ Although, like Wurtzel, Frey writes about events that happened when he was no longer a teen-ager, conventional wisdom has it that the emotional development of an addict remains stalled at the age he started using. Freyâ€”who began getting drunk at ten, expanded into cocaine, LSD, and speed at fifteen, and by twenty-two had a crack habitâ€”actually beats the formula by a few years; heâ€™s got more or less the temperament and insight of a sixteen-year-old.
I read Frey’s book a couple of weekends ago and found it a quick read, with some memorable and moving scenes. But in the end it wasn’t terribly distinct from other addiction memoirs, and it was a bit too self-congratulatory and repetitive for my taste.
In short, I wouldn’t rush out and buy it in hardcover unless The Strand is a resource available to you.
From Nicolas Klee’s weekly round-up:
A centre dedicated to the life and work of Roald Dahl is to open in November 2004 in the late author’s home town, Great Missenden, in Buckinghamshire. Costing nearly Â£4m, the centre will house Dahl’s archive, including original drafts of his books, and will employ writers and illustrators in residence. One attraction will be a replica of the hut – or possibly the original construction – in which Dahl wrote.
Also, here is a Roald Dahl trivia contest I missed.
Evidently “More Students in Writing Programs Expect (and Get) Hollywood Offers.” In particular, Columbia, Iowa, and Stanford get big nods from Tamara Strauss, editor of Zoetrope: All-Story. (Courtesy of Donnie B.)
“Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education? Free medical care? Free whatever? It comes from Moscow. From Russia. It comes straight out of the pit of hell.” — Texas House of Representatives Republican Debbie Riddle (Houston)
Here are some really short stories about New York City. (Courtesy of S.A.)
Earlier this week Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, and Stephen Colbert were guests on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show, where they discussed their latest project, a satiric look into small town life, Wigfield. Visit this page to hear their segment. (Link courtesy of Ed.)