This, and that

  • A handwritten manuscript of Lewis Carroll’s original Alice is available for virtual perusal at the British Library site. (See also: Alice in Flash.)
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  • In a letter of thanks to booksellers, George Saunders (The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil) apologizes for his book jacket “photo,” “which Riverhead tells [him] is part of the ‘next wave’ of author representations, in which all writers will be required to look like a former member of The Eagles.” (But the t-shirts — the black one, anyway — are more AC/DC than Eagles.)
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  • Speaking of Saunders, he channels Edward Gorey on fashion week in the latest print New Yorker: “So tall she was and tall she is, our stringlike fashion dear,/ That sometimes blocking out the sun is Mirna’s tiny rear.”
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  • A continental drifter talks with Emma Garman about terrible toilets and Singapore’s “death to drug traffickers” rule. (He doesn’t say what the officials do if you take a banned book into the country, but you’re fined $500 if you don’t flush the toilet.)
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  • No need to read the inane Salon interview with Benjamin Kunkel when Low Culture sends it up so brilliantly.
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  • Polanski’s Oliver Twist: stagnant and stale?
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  • Dalkey’s reprint of Flann O’Brienn’s comic novel The Third Policeman “‘will be prominently featured at a key moment‘ in the third episode of this season of ‘Lost.'” (Thanks, Ted.)
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  • Says John Freeman: “Someone needs to rescue J.M. Coetzee from Elizabeth Costello.”
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  • The editor of The Annotated Brothers Grimm reflects on fairy tales in light of Terry Gilliam’s latest film. Elsewhere, fairy tales and A.S. Byatt.
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  • James Wood on Edmund Wilson: “There was a short revolution that almost exactly coincided with Wilson’s life, in which literary criticism briefly became both an art and a philosophical discipline — that moment between, say, Eliot’s essays of the 1920s and the decline of the New Criticism in the 1950s. Wilson’s work stands somewhat to the side of that efflorescence, proudly independent as he always wished it to be, but perhaps now more isolated than he ever thought it would become.”
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  • Authors accuse Google of massive copyright infringement.
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  • Pamphlet for museum workers: how to talk to creationists.
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  • Do English people say Zed Zed Top? (Via this guy.)
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