Great short stories and great jokes have a lot in common. Both depend on what...– David Foster Wallace in “Laughing with Kafka” (PDF), published in 1998 issue of Harper’s. (via explore-blog) which is kinda funny considering DFW’s use of exformation (via fieldnotesfromabroad)
Q. & A. with Paul Rudnick →
newyorker: Aside from producing some of the magazine’s funniest humor pieces, Paul Rudnick has written such plays as “Jeffrey” and “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” and screenplays for “Addams Family Values” and “In & Out,” among others. His latest stage project is “Cabin Pressure,” a one-act monologue that opened this week as part of the series “Summer Shorts,” at 59E59. (It shares a bill...
Open Books Store: Calling All... →
A great way to work for a great organization. Also to work for a bookstore. Also to maybe be around books more than you already are. openbookstore: OPEN BOOKS STORE INTERNSHIPS! Are you the type of person who delights at your guests looking through your books, but spends hours re-organizing them after they leave? Do you save money on your heating bill because the books covering your wall...
Best Author-on-Author Insults in History
Virginia Woolf on James Joyce: [Ulysses is] the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples.
Harold Bloom on J.K. Rowling: How to read ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’? Why, very quickly, to begin with, and perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do.
H. G. Wells on George Bernard Shaw: An idiot child screaming in a hospital.
Ralph Waldo Emerson on Jane Austen: Miss Austen’s novels . . . seem to me vulgar in tone, sterile in artistic invention, imprisoned in the wretched conventions of English society, without genius, wit, or knowledge of the world.
William Faulkner on Ernest Hemingway: He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.
Ernest Hemingway on William Faulkner: Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?
W. H. Auden on Robert Browning: I don’t think Robert Browning was very good in bed. His wife probably didn’t care for him very much. He snored and had fantasies about twelve-year-old girls.
Mark Twain on Jane Austen: Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.