UNESCO announced this week that Krakow has been named the seventh City of Literature. The Polish municipality joins Edinburgh, the first UNESCO City of Literature, and Iowa City, Melbourne, Dublin, Reykjavik and Norwich. The city has been home to such notable authors as Nobel Prize winners Henryk Sienkiewicz, Władysław Stanisław Reymont, Czesław Miłosz, and Wisława Szymborska.
Mazel Tov, Krakow.
An interview [is] a form of conversation that has the same relationship to talking as fiction does to life. In order to work, fiction must abide by a set of rules it defines for itself, even if invisibly, and if an interview is to flow like a chat between two people it, too, must follow a set of conventions, some of them quite contradictory to how we are taught to interact naturally. Namely, that the interviewer asks all of the questions, offers pieces of information only for the purpose of stimulating more from the subject, and, primarily, that neither party calls attention to the artificiality of what is happening.
The only thing an interviewer can do to capture what a novelist truly does is to make them talk and tell stories, and think aloud."
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I have never in my life read a Jodi Piccoult novel, so I had no idea that “My Sister’s Keeper” was set in Rhode Island. However, book unread, I’m going to go ahead and veto it to represent my home state on this map. Try one of these instead:
Love Story by Erich Segal (Jenny is from Rhode Island, it counts)
xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths edited by Kate Bernheimer
Fifty leading writers retell myths from around the world in this dazzling follow-up to the bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me.
Icarus flies once more. Aztec jaguar gods again stalk the earth. An American soldier designs a new kind of Trojan horse—his cremains in a bullet. Here, in compelling guise, are your favorite mythological figures—Narcissus and Echo, Orpheus and Eurydice, Pygmalion and Galatea, even Argos, Odysseus’s faithful dog—alongside characters from Indian, Punjabi, Inuit, and other traditions. Featuring talkative goats, a cat lady, a bird woman, a beer-drinking ogre, and a squid who falls in love with the sun, these are stories of boundless wonder and invention.
If “xo” signals a goodbye, then xo Orpheus is a goodbye to an old way of mythmaking, a book that boldly heralds a new beginning for one of the world’s oldest literary traditions.
Get this for me please and thanks
includes fascinating portrayals of casual drug use at house parties, how the author/protagonist had conversations about post-punk while seeing his mate’s band perform at some shitty small venue, internal monologues about consumerism while observing people in a mall and that time when the protagonist had an epiphany about living in the moment while walking in the rain
Only to set his sights on a new girl at the end, who he will also end up blaming for his own emotional shortcomings.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we are here to help woo your smarty-sweetheart. Or else creep out your smarty would-be sweetheart. Either way, these Valentines are the perfect thing to share with that bookish someone.
Have a better line? We want to hear it. Submit your best literary come-hither right here, or on Twitter using #LiteraryComeOns; the three best entries (picked by the Nouvella staff, as we enjoy V-day with our cats) submitted by Wednesday, February 13th will join our series of cards, and the winners get a free book (or tote bag) of their choice from our store.
Don’t see how any woman can resist.
I laughed out loud for at least two minutes.
Ernest Hemingway (fishing, hunting, Midnight in Paris)
Sylvia Plath (death, oven, daddy)
J.D. Salinger (old, recent, white people problems)
Franz Kafka (art, child, for president)
George Orwell (cctv, big brother, lived here)
John Cheever (young, short stories, gay)
Anthony Burgess (is America falling apart, wife assaulted)
Mark Twain (national forest, pipe, Tom Sawyer)
Anne Sexton (death, model, and Sylvia Plath)
Dorothy Parker (gin)
Hunter S. Thompson (Johnny Depp, gonzo, wallpaper, funeral)
Ayn Rand (Jesus, valentine, funeral)
William S. Burroughs (junky, gun, danger)
Ken Kesey (bus, magic bus, acid tests)
Ezra Pound (poetry, cake, mugshot)
Mikhail Bulgakov (morphine, and Stalin)
Yukio Mishima (body, severed head, patriotism)
Martin Amis (money, teeth, invasion of the space invaders)
Orson Scott Card (empire, piggies, treason)
Gertrude Stein (Picasso, and Hemingway, and Alice B. Toklas)
J.K. Rowling (new book, hot, and family)
Jonathan Franzen (glasses, girlfriend, time)
Bret Easton Ellis (Twitter, boyfriend, brat pack)
Salman Rushdie (girlfriend, fatwa, wives)
Kingsley Amis (beach, hangover)