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[Guardian Books Blog] Gore Vidal: Twitter pays tribute; leave yours here
As everyone from Michael Moore to Courtney Love post their tributes to Gore Vidal on Twitter, share with us your favourite quotations from the revered US writer, who died yesterdayThe first thing to cross my mind when I saw Gore Vidal trending on Twitter this morning was: what would the great man

[The Millions] Got an MFA? Teach High School.
1. In early 2012, Joshua Boldt launched The Adjunct Project, a website containing a collaboratively updated spreadsheet of adjunct salary and work conditions. The Chronicle of Higher Education reported the site had nearly 800 user entries in the first month. While comparative salary data is useful,

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: When we watch the Olympics
The spirit and legacy of the Olympics

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Aug 1, 2012 @ 8:00:00 am
Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

[Guardian Books Blog] Open thread: your summer reads
Which books will you be buying this summer - and which would you recommend to others for the long break?We at Guardian.co.uk/books have long nurtured an all-out obsession with bookshops - writing about them, photographing them and, with the help of the excellent folk at National Book Tokens,

[The Millions] Gore Vidal Died
Gore Vidal has died at the age of 86. The prominent author, screenwriter, Norman Mailer-nemesis and political activist published 25 novels, two memoirs and many, many essay volumes in addition to plays, screenplays, and television scripts. For a time, he even loaned his own visage to the silver

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The most exciting to watch
A lot like wearing a mullet

[NYT] Gore Vidal Leaves the Ring
Gore Vidal, the novelist, essayist and playwright, was also a literary combatant.

[The Millions] Dōmo arigatō, Charlie Brown
BOOM! Studios will release a graphic novel about Charlie Brown and his friends traveling to Japan entitled It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown! Related posts: Domo Arigato, Mr. Erratum To build his or her collection, the collector of this... Charlie Sheen’s Poetry It was probably inevitable that

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Established tech
The stupidity of computers

[The Millions] “Let the Games Begin,” as Bane Would Say
The Olympics Opening Ceremony this year sure was… something. Thankfully, folks more eloquent than I are here to parse its craziness for us: Jenny Diski and Rafil Kroll-Zaidi on what it was, plus Alex Shephard and the Full Stop bunch on what it should have been. Related posts: Rape-Rape Jenny

[The Millions] Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
Boston Review’s Aura Estrada Short Story Contest is underway. This year’s submissions will be judged by What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank author (as well as Year in Reading contributor) Nathan Englander, and the victor will earn a $1,500 prize as well as publication. Related

[NYT] An Effort to Put First Edition of Shakespeare Online
The Bodleian Library at Oxford is trying to raise money to digitize its copy.

[Salon Books] Gore Vidal live
For more than 50 years, Gore Vidal was a constant guest in several of America's most popular talk shows. From the Dick Cavett Show, where he verbally sparred with an increasingly drunk Norman Mailer, to his multiple appearances on Charlie Rose, Vidal craved for the attention that television and show

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Space by vision
Things that could not have been done a decade ago

[Guardian Books Blog] Ebooks roundup: Fifty shades of new erotica and roll the dice for a price
Populist titles tick the genre boxes, publishers get creative with eshort tasters and price-setting takes a new twistCrime, fantasy, romance, erotica – sometimes digital publishing really does conform to the stereotype. July's ebook offerings are unashamedly populist and tick all the genre

[NYT] The Spy Game: Ben Macintyre Talks About 'Double Cross'
In his new book, Mr. Macintyre illuminates the World War II espionage that helped the Allies at Normandy.

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Feminism and masculinities
When it comes to gender expression

[The Millions] Twitter Bird Flu
Hypochondriacs rejoice! A team of scientists from the University of Rochester are working on a “machine-based algorithm” in the same vein as Google Flu Trends—but this time based on Twitter and smart phone data—to predict, with about 90% accuracy, when you’ll next get sick. Related posts:

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: July 2012
We spend plenty of time here on The Millions telling all of you what we’ve been reading, but we are also quite interested in hearing about what you’ve been reading. By looking at our Amazon stats, we can see what books Millions readers have been buying, and we decided it would be fun to use

[The Millions] “Gaza, Timna, my Valley girl / who spilled me in broad daylight.”
James Lasdun, whose forthcoming memoir was covered by yours truly in our Great Second-Half 2012 Book Preview, has a new poem in Poetry Magazine. Read it if you like cool things. Related posts: 2012 Poetry Preview NPR‘s got a nice preview of some upcoming 2012 poetry... Zone One Excerpt As

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: More complicated than that
Operational after years of testing

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: The popularity of philosophy
Are philosophers experts?

[Lit Saloon] Spanish and Latin American fiction in ... China
       In the Global Times Sun Shuangjie considers A new chapter, as: Spanish and Latin American literature isn't so well known to Chinese people, apart from a handful of writers. But it is gradually finding its place in China.

[Lit Saloon] Sophie Calle's The Address Book
       As Rozalia Jovanovic reports at GalleristNY, Sophie Calle's Controversial 'Address Book' Will Be Published as a Book for the First Time.        The Address Book sounds pretty clever (though it's also a pretty obnoxious

[Lit Saloon] August issues
       Among the August issues of online periodicals now available, Words without Borders offers New Writing from Japan, Part II, while Open Letters Monthly's August issue is also up.

[Lit Saloon] Gore Vidal (1925-2012)
       American author and celebrity Gore Vidal has passed away -- and you can find an incredible number of articles, obituaries, tributes, dissections, etc. at all your favorite literary (and seemingly every other) sites.

[Book Forum] DAILY REVIEW: Ryszard Kapuściński: A Life by Artur Domosławksi
Journalists are the livers of society, organs that break down the myriad poisons of war, revolution, and labyrinthine legal complexity for a body politic. They are also the livers in another sense—their professional function is to go out and live, to experience, explain, bear witness, and

[Book Forum] PAPER TRAIL: Aug 2, 2012 @ 12:09:00 am
Dennis Rodman is writing a children's book; R. Kelly has written a memoir (and it's not bad, by some accounts); London unveils a 250,000-book maze.

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: Our review list and the books you are reading
The books we'll be reviewing this week and your space to tell us the books, authors and topics we should be covering on the siteHello all. Enjoying the Olympics?Here's a selection of some of your comments from last week's thread.LCLondon:I've been reading three books in the last week; Snow by Orhan

[The Millions] Dickens’ Best Novel? Six Experts Share Their Opinions
What was Charles Dickens’ best novel? It depends whom you ask of course. G.K. Chesterton thought Bleak House represented the mature peak of Dickens’ skill as a novelist, although he went on to remark, “We can say more or less when a human being has come to his full mental growth, even if we

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: What occurred sexually
For thousands of years, human societies have tried to regulate sexual activity

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: By the numbers
Greater than the sum of its parts

[Baby Got Books] Dog Days of Summer
With my Olympic addiction flaring up, the summer posts continue to take a hit.  But, hey, have you seen the trailer for the big screen adaptation of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas?  Holy smokes!  That book has been on my to read stack for years. Time to bump it up top.  

[Guardian Books Blog] Fighting Fantasy is back! Try your skill in Blood of the Zombies
It's been seven years since the last Fighting Fantasy's book, in which you, the reader, are the fearless hero, was published. Ian Livingstone is back with a new volume, Blood of the Zombies. Time to dust off those diceIs there anyone else out there who is weirdly excited by the news that Ian

[The Millions] Nabokov Speech Published in English for the First Time
In 1925 Nabokov delivered a colorful talk on boxing to a circle of Russian émigrés living in Berlin. Yesterday, that pugnacious passage was published for the first time in English. Related posts: The Correspondence of Nabokov and Wilson The correspondence of Vladimir Nabokov and the critic Edmund

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: A third critical theory
You are all proletariats

[Salon Books] Amazing corrections
This one will go down in journalistic lore:An earlier version misstated the term Mr. Vidal called William F. Buckley Jr. in a television appearance during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. It was crypto-Nazi, not crypto-fascist. It also described incorrectly Mr. Vidal’s connection with

[The Millions] The Limits of Good Taste
In his review of a collection of rejected New Yorker covers titled Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant To See, Jeet Heer details the magazine’s history of straddling the divide between bourgeoisie complacency and bohemian angst. Related posts: The Limits of Speed Chuck

[The Millions] Truth Through Deception: On Norah Vincent’s Thy Neighbor
It’s no secret that Norah Vincent can write compelling non-fiction. For her first book, Self-Made Man (2006), she transformed herself into a passable male through weight lifting, voice lessons, wardrobe, makeup and a chest-flattening bra, then set out to “infiltrate exclusive all-male

[Salon Books] Gore Vidal: The Virgil of American populism
I remember exactly where I was when I understood Gore Vidal. The late writer was giving a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. during the impeachment proceedings against then-President Bill Clinton. Earlier that evening I had met Vidal in person for the first time. We had

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: People with a view
Changed since the early days

[Salon Books] Mitt Romney accused of not actually reading book he mentioned
Jared Diamond, the guy who wrote the famous book about how iron ore leads to 21st century economic dominance, says in a New York Times op-ed that he suspects presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn't even read his book.It is not true that my book “Guns, Germs and Steel,” as Mr. Romney described

[The Millions] “while the pages of Romeo and Juliet have been nearly worn to shreds, King John has been left virtually intact.”
Oxford University’s Bodleian Library is working to make the first edition of Shakespeare’s collected works, published in 1623 and carrying the physical wear and tear of 17th century readers, online for free. Related posts: The Left Coast On Lefties Southpaws unite! The LA Review of

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: This campaign finance mess we're in
Billionaires buying the 2012 elections

[The Millions] Characterizing Sleep
On this date 109 years ago, a cartoonist first paired the letter “Z” to the act of sleeping, beating out other attempts to write out the sound of slumber such as the tenacious “g-r-r-k-k-k-k” and the elegant “z-z-z-c-r-r-k-k-k-k.” Related posts: Sleep

[Salon Books] Dave Eggers still the “King”
Dave Eggers’ “A Hologram for the King” is one of those books that is particularly well-suited for an audiobook adaptation. Eggers writes in short, punchy sections. He has long since put aside the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink sentences of “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” in

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Classic distractions
It's a tough business, and someone has to do it

[Salon Books] Gary Shteyngart is not a whore
Gary Shteyngart threatened to retire from blurbing in the New York Times Book Review this week, and thousands of writers cried "No!"After all, the blurb game is hard for novelists -- and Shteyngart is easy. He's the rare combination of a best-selling literary writer, and a generous enough person to

[Book Forum] OMNIVORE: Englishness is real
Why the UK is no longer a superpower


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