The iPad may force designers of print books to think a little harder about the medium in which they work. Should they do so, the results can be beautiful.
What happens when you read the sex scenes in Ayn Rand‘s The Fountainhead at an impressionable age.
Sam Lipsyte: “I think I don’t shirk from emotional autobiography. I mean, I stick pretty closely to the feelings. I change a lot of details, just to avoid the court system.”
Granta editor John Freeman is interviewed at ARTicles, the recently revived blog of the National Arts Journalism Program.
Claire Messud is the latest American to sit on the jury for Canada’s Giller Prize.
Harvard Crimson columnist Theodore J. Gioia—who at last report was criticizing books he hadn’t read—has a few thoughtful things to say about William Faulkner and humor, plus a glimpse of James Wood‘s teaching style.
The literary magazine Shenandoah will become an online-only publication next year. Its final print edition, celebrating its 60th anniversary and featuring works on Flannery O’Connor, will come out in June. In advance, the editors of the journal have posted an essay (PDF) by James L. MacLeod describing the sights and smells—oh, the smells!—of life on O’Connor’s Andalusia Farm.
Two stories that Cormac McCarthy wrote in college will be included in the 50th anniversary issue of Phoenix, the University of Tennessee’s literary magazine. This presumably displeases McCarthy, who once said he “hoped to be long buried and mouldering before they were published again.”