Remainders

  • The New York Times has announced plans to introduce a comics section including work from graphic novelists.
  • Just in time for Roman Polanski’s forthcoming adaptation of Oliver Twist, a British author and academic seeks to debunk the common wisdom that Dickens’ own life served as the inspiration for the novel. “Now, 167 years after it was published, a ‘real life’ Oliver Twist, the true source for the story of the boy who dared to ask for more, has supposedly been uncovered.”
  • “One literary magazine estimates that half the UK population is planning some kind of personal writing project.” Self-publishing: here to stay.
  • Literary correspondence that happens mostly through email may be lost to the ages, says Rachel Donadio. The folks at TMFTML imagine the sort of historical documents of which future scholars could be deprived.
  • This weekend on Book TV’s After Words, Barbara Ehrenreich discusses her new book, Bait and Switch: The Futile Pursuit of the American Dream, an exploration of the Puritanical blame that rains down on the heads of overeducated, oft-downsized white-collar U.S. workers. The book was reviewed in Newsday by Scott McLemee last weekend. The show first airs at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, and re-airs at 6 and 9 p.m ET on Sunday.
  • The Daily News calls for a New Orleans arts benefit week this October in New York.

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