Roundup Miss Snark

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Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things and winner of the Man Booker Prize, has been writing political nonfiction for the last ten years, but now is working on a new novel. (hat tip to Laila Lalami)

Now that all the discussion on Wizard of the Crow is over, check out the three new nominees for the next Read This selection at the Lit Blog Co-op.

When I want to laugh, and I’ve been to Youtube too many times that day, I go to Miss Snark the literary agent. Why? Because sometimes I can’t believe that people are serious. That they actually believe that since everyone else is writing gratuitous sex scenes, their novel needs one, but since they’re a virgin they can’t write it. But I still laugh.

No, I am not surprised in any way that Sam Lipsyte has a Myspace fan page. Ps. Check out Homeland. (hat tip to Syntax of Things)

The Written Nerd takes issue with the much publicized “death” of the independent bookstore.

So just last week there was the furor over the Derrida papers, with Cal Irvine suing Derrida’s widow (by the way, I studied with Derrida at New York University – he dressed with flair, was very composed and crushingly insightful – and so, that disclosure aside, I think it an affront to sue the family), but now, via the Literary Saloon, I learned that Salman Rushdie is leaving his papers to Emory University (in exchange for some teaching appointments).

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  1. It’s spelled Emory, in fact, and they have a fine developing collection of papers: the largest collection of Irish literature outside Ireland, Seamus Heaney’s papers (who is a good friend of the university and its past president, William Chace), and much from Ted Hughes. As a recent Emory alumnus and an English major there, I’m very excited to see Rushdie joining the university. His Ellmann Lectures in 2004 were fantastic, and Emory has a vibrant literary community, both among its students and faculty.