Remainders

  • The Columbus Dispatch has launched an effort to “create a classic” novel online.
  • Kate Hirtz realized with horror, after glimpsing her formerly private word, “frocky,” in a New York Times headline, that an ex-boyfriend had “gotten his first byline in the newspaper of record with [an unflattering, fictionalized] essay about me, him and our shared past.”
  • The Internet Wayback Machine, which archives the content of websites, is being sued by an insurance company because it ignored coded commands instructing its robots not to store text displayed on the insurer’s website.
  • Robert Frost’s little-known 1958 poem “Of a Winter Evening” may have inspired the famous first lines of Nabokov’s Pale Fire. (Via Moby Lives.)
  • Joshua Glenn examines the “What, Me Worry?” kid’s life before Mad. “I hate to tell this to The Boston Globe, but The Kid probably started as a cartoonist’s stereotype of an Irish idiot boy,” one collector told Glenn.
  • BBC News head calls Fox News’ comments about the BBC in the aftermath of the British bombings “beneath contempt.” (Via #1; we at MaudNewton.com wholeheartedly agree, but would phrase things a little differently)
  • Mark Sarvas — who’s been known to skewer the LA Times Book Review and its former editor, Steve Wasserman, at The Elegant Variation — appears with Wasserman on Radio Open Source tonight to discuss the impact of the Internet on literary discourse.

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