Remainders (mostly day-old)

• When I have a chance, I’m going to piece together the responses to my post about Graham Greene’s perspective on screenwriting, but until then: Greene’s opera version of Our Man in Havana was revived last week. Norman LeBrecht seizes the opportunity to reflect on the fall of the relationship between the novel and opera. (Via .)

Kirkus reviews Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, due out in October. (Via Rake.)

Mark Sarvas reports on the latest Swink readings in Los Angeles. Meghan Daum, Andrew Foster Altschul, Lisa Glatt, and Leelila Strogov were among the readers.

In an article for the current issue of the Boston Review, James Hynes argues that, “over the last 20 years, Pat Barker has been engaged in the most ambitious investigation of the inner lives of men in recent British fiction.” (Via The Literary Saloon.)

In January I mentioned Grand Canyon: A Different View, a creationist book offered for sale at the official Grand Canyon gift shop, which is run by the National Park Service. Harper’s published an excerpt in the April issue, and it’s finally available online:

Contrary to what is widely believed, radioactive dating has not proven the rocks of the Grand Canyon to be millions of years old. The vast majority of the sedimentary layers in the Grand Canyon were deposited as the result of a global flood that occurred after and as a result of the initial sin that took place in the Garden of Eden.

A New York City attorney portrayed crime writer Robert Reuland “as a wealthy dilettante who took a job as a homicide prosecutor to promote his writing career and went into a sulk when he was caught out and demoted.”

A Chinese writer intends his 4000-word novel “to be read in 70-word chapters transmitted by cell phone text message.” (Thanks to Mick for the link.)

A former World Book Encyclopedia editor says the Encarta Reference Library is “the Holy Grail for encyclopedia editors” because updates happen regularly instead of once a year. (Via Publishers Marketplace.)

Carl Hiassen and John Harwood make Lev Grossman’s trashy summer reading list.

British schoolkids named Cinderella, originally written 300 years ago, the best fairy tale. Sleeping Beauty and Hansel & Gretel came in second and third, respectively.

“Watchya Wanna Read a Book Fer?”

The core-sampling approach to book-buying.


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