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The JoePa bio is catching some heat already.

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Laura Miller says, “The reason why women writers dominate young-adult literature is the reason why many guys avoid it.”

In my experience, guys avoid the better Jane Austen novels—they avoid all of them, really—so they can suck it.

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Fifty Shades of Grey is now being condemned as a “manual for sexual torture” which, once again, makes me wonder if these people have ever even read the book. It’s no more a manual for sexual torture than it is a manual for dental hygiene… Granted, that’s to the great disappointment of many.

Anyway, don’t even get me started on this.

Meanwhile, porn star James Deen has a shot at playing Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades movie. Genius move, I say. (Not actually joking here.)

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A quick, fun interview with Shaun Tan, who is awesome. Seriously, The Arrival is the single greatest depiction of the “immigrant experience” I’ve ever seen/heard/read.

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Old news now, but Chicken Soup is going to be selling chicken soup.

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Get psyched for a BBC2 adaptation of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel!

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Carol Ann Duffy is apparently drawing from the “sinister original version” of Rapunzel for balletLORENT. Sign me up! (Okay, I get that it’s not entirely obvious in this context, but I’m actually not joking about this one, either.)

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A number of writers and actors dressed up as members of Edith Wharton’s inner circle at her Lenox estate, The Mount, for a fashion photo shoot by legendary photographer Annie Liebovitz. The pictures will appear in the September issue of Vogue.

Featuring Jeffrey Eugenides as Henry James. Awesome!

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Ding ding ding!

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Check out these typographic jokes—the last one is my favorite.

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Contemporary Authors As Adjectives

Little did I know that my work life is quite Diazian, despite my Martinesque teaching style, my frequently Collinsian classroom, my Burroughsesque conferences with the principal, and many unfortunately Eugenidesian stories I hear from students on a weekly basis that I promise you I never wanted to hear.

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Gerald Howard claims to know what, exactly, the beef is between Bret Easton Ellis and David Foster Wallace.

So there it was: two hot (sorry) young writers of about the same age, wildly different in style and temperament, inhabiting the same crowded literary space and clearly getting on each other’s nerves. I know that David envied the savvy with which Bret Ellis and his peer group handled the challenges of  a literary career – and castigated himself for that envy.

So that explains it?

Ellis, no stranger to provoking controversy with his comments, laid into Foster Wallace on Twitter this morning, calling him “a fraud”, and “the best example of a contemporary male writer lusting for a kind of awful greatness that he simply wasn’t able to achieve”.

Am I super dense or is Ellis’s claim above just factually inaccurate?

Speaking of which, here’s David Foster Wallace’s Formative Reading List. Take that, Bret!

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The truth behind The Human Stain?

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YEAH, Muslim Green Lantern!

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A new picture of Emily Dickinson looks pretty much the same as the old ones.

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Haven’t read it yet, but Jennifer Egan and the New Heroism is in my line-up for the week.

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A dress made entirely of Harry Potter.

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Not the focus of the article, but Shirley Conran’s Lace is the most recent steamy read to get a new edition since Fifty Shades took off.

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Check out the 2012 Hugo Award winners here.

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Author school photos!