John Banville, Hilary Mantel, Jonathan Lethem, Francisco Goldman, Rebecca Goldstein, William Gass and other writers reflect on the first novel. (Via Rockslinga; only some of the contributions are available online.)
John Derbyshire looks back at Lolita. Pandagon responds. (“I love it — most of us would assume someone who humps a 12-year-old like he’s a dog going after your leg is the dictionary definition of a ‘lousy lover’, but Derbyshire had to have someone point it out to him.”)
Accidental plagiarism, and writerly revenge for it. (“So last spring I’m reading a new GW collection and suddenly I come across a character with my name who gets struck and killed by a car.”)
Bill Paxton will star in an adaptation of The Second Coming, the only Walker Percy novel I’ve never read. Shooting begins in Greenville, S.C, next year.
A PBS documentary film series, Borders, includes writers Yiyun Li and Ariel Dorfman talking about “American Identity.”