September 1, 2011
Q: As a successful literary writer, how much pressure is there to write a commercially successful book?
A: "It's a pressure that anybody who works for his or herself will be familiar with. Whatever else may be true, the bills still have to be paid. And it was becoming increasingly obvious the way the economic climate had turned around three years ago, if you were a literary writer who wasn't already a household name, you rocketed to the top of the list of hilariously expendable items. It was clear that publishers were going to be less inclined to lose money on books. There are a lot of writers in my position who have published respectable work, but they're living a hand-to-mouth existence."
At The Record, musicians share their song of the summer.
The New Statesman interviews author Anita Desai.
To what extent do you see baseball as a trope or a motif or something you can use to write about bigger themes?
Yeah, it is like that. It's good to have any kind of inspiration to write a song. I mean, if you say, "let's write a song about baseball," it opens up a new world to me, and yet you want the songs to be usually a little more than just here's a song about a guy who played baseball. We try to pick subjects that at least have some meaning outside the baseball context.
The Guardian has released the longlist for its Guardian First Book Award.
Q: What children’s books inspired you?
Carson: I had ["The Chronicles of] Narnia" in mind because I love Pauline Baynes as an illustrator and the drawings were so integral to the story. Colin loves Tolkien, he’s less of a 'Narnia' fan than I. He was looking at 'Wind in the Willows' a lot.
The Los Angeles Times lists New York literary destinations.
On sale today at Amazon MP3: Washed Out's Within and Without album.
The Atlantic examines the merging of literature and music.
But setting aside his penchant for controversy, Gainsbourg's musical influence remains gigantic, if only for his restless experimentation with genre and form. Comic artist-turned-filmmaker Joann Sfar attempts to similarly twist the conventions of the musical biopic — as well as courting controversy by playing fast and loose with the facts — by following up his own graphic novel with a screen portrait called Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. The resulting film is, at first glance, like no biopic you've seen before.
Novel Songs is a blog and radio program that creates playlists for books.
Spin lists the best albums of 2011 so far.
In many ways, The Art of Fielding belies its author's status as a founding editor of n+1, the crucial Brooklyn-based journal of literary criticism. Sure, there are disquisitions on Melville and a quote from Robert Lowell. But Harbach's novel might remind you not of the highbrow writers one associates with n+1 but of John Irving's The World According to Garp in its length, its warmth, its love of sudsy plot twists.
Amazon MP3 has 100 albums on sale for $5.
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