Category Archives: Literary-type Goings-on

This Seinfeld parody is the ‘Riddley Walker’ of fan fiction

Gawker is serializing The Apple Store, a piece of Seinfeld fan fiction written by @Seinfeld2000. It’s the novel that Russell Hoban would have written if he’d been a deranged Seinfeld fan instead of a London-bound magical realist. Now it seems … Continue reading

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Eez terrible: the eight worst sentences in Dan Brown’s “Inferno”

Tom Chivers at The Telegraph rounds them up. They’re all great, but the last one, which is actually a passage rather than a single sentence, rises to new heights. This is Danikova, an East European, leaving the most expositional voicemail … Continue reading

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Write Like You’re Dancing Like No One is Watching

L.E. Henderson over at Passionate Reason has some insightful comments on writers and writing and the messed up messages that those demons in our heads hurl about like monkey feces. On a particularly painful writing day, on the verge of … Continue reading

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“You have placed your services at the disposal of interests who are turning America into a police state . . .”

. . . by the simple device of deliberately fostering the conditions that give rise to criminality and then demanding increased police powers and the retention of capital punishment to deal with the situation they have created. You have betrayed … Continue reading

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Maureen McHugh doing AMA at io9 for ‘After the Apocalypse’

Hey all you reader types, my friend Maureen McHugh is answering questions tomorrow at io9 for her new book After the Apocalypse. This book kicked my ass! it’s nine stories all set in one way or another after an apocalypse. … Continue reading

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The Jon Anderson Battle Stance

The funniest line I’ve read in a novel in a long, long time appeared in The Devil You Know by Mike Carey. It’s a detective novel only our detective, Felix Castor, is a freelance exorcist who, in classic gumshoe fashion, … Continue reading

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When ‘The Hunger Games’ was called ‘The Long Walk’

With The Hunger Games opening this weekend, a lot of people are pointing to Battle Royale as an obvious precursor, but I’ve been thinking of The Long Walk, a novel that Stephen King published under his pseudonym Richard Bachman in … Continue reading

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