Remainders

  • J.T. Leroy — who, amazingly, is still being invited to inflict his talentless musings upon us under that name — stops short of blaming snark for his unmasking and loss of victim status, but tries to jerk your heartstrings one last time. “I wept, as retarded as that sounds, because a naive part of me was flabbergasted that starting a writing workshop for kids could be mocked. And then, yeah, they came for me by saying (of all things) that I do not exist. What better use of snark than to wipe the beach clean of my footprints?” From your mouth to the publishing industry’s ears, Ms. Albert. (Via Tingle Alley.)
  • Brokentype likes the look of Walter Kirn’s latest novel, which is appearing in online installments at Slate, but calls the presentation a disaster. “Somehow Slate has managed to excise all of the design techniques that actually make serial novels practical and fun to read online.” (Via Light Reading.)
  • Two presents for A: the last novel in Lemony Snicket’s Unfortunate Events series will appear on Friday, October 13. And before then, on September 5, comes The Beatrice Letters, a collection of correspondence between Snicket and Beatrice, “the woman to whom every book is dedicated.”
  • Attendees of this year’s London Book Fair had the opportunity “to witness professional writers performing as amateur musicians, film-makers and dancers.” “Why this should be in any way appealing isn’t at all clear,” says Thomas Jones.
  • The signs marking Los Angeles’ Raymond Chandler Square are up again. They were taken down so the city could install surveillance cameras.
  • Jenny Diski considers a new biography of Martha Freud (wife to Sigmund). “[A]t the age of 34, after the birth of her sixth child in eight years, Martha was suffering from writer’s block. Impossible to imagine why.”
  • Finally, Vickipedia provides regular excerpts from the 1888 Chambers’s Encyclopedia of Universal Knowledge. Here’s some advice on treating hysteria: “all abnormal bodily and mental excitement, such as late parties in hot rooms, novel-reading, &c., [should be] carefully avoided.” (Via #1.)

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