• The Roald Dahl Museum, which opens June 10, “will chart the life and work of one of the world’s favourite storytellers and also celebrate and promote creative writing.” Great, right? Until you find out from the Telegraph that “authors JK Rowling, Philip Pullman and Jacqueline Wilson … have contributed to the centre’s all-important creative writing section.” (Third item.)
  • Zadie Smith says “she’s so far been hopeless at portraying women, as ‘women are complex, and men are simple.'”
  • Edward P. Jones “claims the Jerusalem Bible and his mother as the strongest influences on the style of The Known World.”
  • In her latest book, Margaret Atwood writes of her first trip to Europe, in May, 1964, when she “fle[d] a personal life of Gordian complexity, and le[ft] behind a poetry manuscript rejected by all, and a first novel ditto.”
  • “A lavish new big-screen adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited has a script, cast and even locations — but no director.” (First item.)


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