The Gender Coverup -
If you are a female author, you are much more likely to get a package that suggests the book is of a lower perceived quality. We’re the high fructose corn syrup of literature, even when our products are the same.
“Angel Lust” by Maggie Shipstead - An Electric Literature Single Sentence Animation
The Sentence: “Her mascara, running down her smooth, downy cheeks, made her look like a tragic urchin, a child whore, Brooke Shields in Pretty Baby, Jod Foster in Taxi Driver.”
Animation by Suneet Sethi. Music by Giving The Table A Name.
Read the story tomorrow at Recommended Reading, but don’t delay! “Angel Lust” is free for one week only.
The 46 Places to Go in 2013 -
We have now posted more than 100 photos that you’ve taken in destinations on our list. See them all and submit your own.
This makes me want to move back to Amsterdam (and visit a lot of these other places).
Elliott Holt's 'You Are One of Them', a young girl learns the meaning of 'defect' -
Thanks to Cleveland’s Plain Dealer for this review of my book. (My late mother was from Akron, so she’d be pleased to see my book reviewed by northeast Ohio’s most famous newspaper.)
hazel & wren -
“H&W: How does your previous experience as a copywriter at an advertising agency affect your literary writing (or doesn’t it)?
EH: It doesn’t affect it all. Quite a few novelists worked as copywriters (Salman Rushdie, Don DeLillo, Fitzgerald, Faulkner) so there’s an assumption that it’s similarly creative work. But it’s not. As a copywriter, you do traffic in words, of course, so it helps to be highly verbal and creative with language, but “creative” work in advertising involves a lot of cooks in the kitchen. There’s so much compromise—with art directors, creative directors, account directors, clients, etc.—that the work never felt like mine. Working in advertising paid my bills for a long time. (I still freelance for ad agencies sometimes.) I got good at presenting my work—because I had to do so, to clients, in meetings. I learned to work fast, to meet deadlines. And I learned a lot about filmmaking because I got to go on the commercial shoots for the ads I wrote. But it hasn’t helped my fiction writing.”
I talked to Hazel & Wren about my book and about the writing life.
Spy Games Make Hollywood Blink -
Joel Fields, an executive producer of “The Americans,” talks wigs, compasses and spy craft, and how the arrest of an American in Russia looks a lot like the espionage portrayed on the television show.
Author Elliott Holt says: 'Go West, Young Woman' : NPR -
In this Q&A, author Elliott Holt discusses her six favorite novels about expatriates. She also talks about what it’s like to be in your 20s, and the importance of travel and exploration.
My original list of “expat fiction” had ten titles including GIOVANNI’S ROOM by James Baldwin (highly recommended if you haven’t read it) but NPR.org edited it down to six books. And it’s funny reading a transcript of a phone interview because I can see all my weird conversational tics!
Sorry, writers: turns out loneliness can kill you. -
Man, I’ll miss Stefon.
Bill Hader — who is leaving Saturday Night Live after eight years this weekend — on his audition for the show:
I remember getting in the elevator for my audition and there was a guy next to me who had a backpack full of props and wigs and things, and I went, ‘Oh, my God, that guy is so prepared, I have nothing, I have no props.’ And that was Andy Samberg. And Andy Samberg said he was looking at me going, ‘Oh, that guy has no props. He doesn’t need props.’ And that was the first time we met, was in that elevator.
(Source: skeletonsriot, via nprfreshair)