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I’m pretty thrilled with this state and find that I am, apparently, a representative sample: we are interested enough to pick up Fifty Shades of Grey but not clueless enough to give it high ratings.

How is your state responding?

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I’ve apparently been out of the loop – probably because I don’t have TV – but I’m pretty psyched for HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn. (If you haven’t noticed already, you’ll find that I get excited about anything even remotely literary that hits TV or film, good or terrible.)

Oh, and speaking of…

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The news of the Orange prize losing its sponsor may not be quite as awful as it first sounded.

Despite the termination of what is at this point the longest continuous arts sponsorship in the UK, Kate Mosse, the award’s co-founder and honorary director, was upbeat about the prize’s future. Speaking to the Guardian, she praised Orange’s sponsorship of the prize, but said that while she was “very sad” not to be working with them anymore, “we’re excited at the idea of taking the prize on for another 17 years, and working with a new sponsor to grow it…”

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It’s about damn time we recognized some ass-kicking homosexuals, and I don’t just mean Cowgirl.

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Hot for Typewriter: enjoy some oldschool dirty pictures!

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Hemingway dishes on women poets, and his discretion was effective until now.

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It’s disappointing when someone you’ve looked up to turns out to be less than perfect. It’s even more disappointing when one of my all-time favorite writers sues Georgetown University for not behaving Catholic enough. **shudder**

The author who turned Georgetown University into a horror scene in “The Exorcist” plans to sue the school in church court, charging that his alma mater has strayed so far from church doctrine that it should no longer call itself Catholic.

In kind-of-related and way more awesome news, however, The Exorcist is being reinterpreted in a 10-part miniseries. A new take on the book could be interesting, especially considering the extreme difference in mood between the book and the 1973 film. But… chance of screwing it up?

Blatty hasn’t publicly commented on it, but Friedkin tweeted, “There is no way I would even watch it.”

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I can’t stop looking at Better Book Titles, which I found through BookRiot. Among my favorites so far are the retitling of 2666 and This Can’t End Well for Bel Canto (see above).

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Jennifer Egan is taking a surprising amount of heat for her short story “Black Box” published over Twitter. I’m thrilled she’s taking a stab at this. After all, we’re talking about the same person who wrote an entire chapter in PowerPoint. Well.