Tuesday morning miscellany

  • Thomas Pynchon’s latest tome will be released November 21, two weeks earlier than originally scheduled.
  • David Sedaris, on (not) speaking French: “Six months after moving to Paris, I gave up on French school and decided to take the easy way out…. I began saying, ‘D’accord,’ which translates to ‘I am in agreement,’ and means, basically, ‘O.K.'”
  • Gary Shteyngart, on his future writing plans: “I want to calm down a bit, because I feel like I am singing in the same register for too many times in a row. I want to do something more contemplative and more paced.” (Via Dogmatika.)
  • “Brad Meltzer, a bastion of literary talent and taste, is the first author to advertise a book on the hood of a NASCAR.”
  • On the eve of Roald Dahl Day, Jeremy Treglown pays tribute to the late, great children’s author. Elsewhere, Dahl’s youngest daughter, a screenwriter, recalls growing up with the “fabulously inventive” but practical “giant of a man.”
  • Dzanc Books is a new 501(c)(3) organization designed to help literary journals reach more readers, to develop school programs devoted to reading and writing, and, beginning in 2007, to publish two works of literary fiction per year.


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