Thursday, January 27, 2011

The calm before the storm

The Spring 2011 semester starts tomorrow, and life's going to be kind of crazy for us for a little while. But the trenches are dug, the rifles are loaded, the cash registers polished. College students, we are ready for you. All that's left is for us to go home early and get a good night's sleep.

For now, we'll leave you with a plethora of interesting lit links to peruse:

*Dudes who invented juxtaposing photographs of cats with ungrammatical captions raise $30 million in funding.

*There are five new Jorge Luis Borges anthologies coming out. I imagine there are actually an infinite number of Borges stories in an infinite number of combinations, so this news doesn't actually surprise me at all.

*DC Comics gets rid of the Comics Code Authority and replaces it with a kind of video-game rating system for its titles. Mostly I'm confused and surprised that the Comics Code Authority still existed at all. EDIT: Wait, now even Archie Comics is dropping the code? There goes the final nail in the coffin of Fredric Wertham's legacy. About time, we say.

*And speaking of comics, sorta, LitKicks publishes a list of the 10 Best Crime Novels of 2010. One of them is Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski. I've never read his unillustrated fiction, but I've found myself pleasantly surprised by his work on Marvel Comics titles The Immortal Iron Fist and Cable, a thankless unwritable character if ever there was one. I've got to check out Expiration Date, asap.

*The genesis of the hunt for the "Great American Novel" tracked down to 1868 article in The Nation.

*Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez are teaming up to write a memoir together. I'm guessing Charlie Sheen will soon announce he's writing a joint biography with three kilos of cocaine and seven hundred sex workers from Los Angeles. (Ah, cripes. Why couldn't they have made that memoir announcement a little earlier? Sheen-bashing jokes are so two weeks ago.)

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