Arts in the Afternoon: Book Prizes and Clubs
Hollywood loves writer's block more than it likes writers who write. Laura Miller thinks the recent flick Limitless is implausible. But does she have a solution? "Yes. It's called a mortgage."
The shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize has been announced. The chair of the judging panel told the Guardian that the list "has been assembled with no regard to an overarching theory of literary merit. Instead, he said, his key criteria is simple: 'It has always been pleasure.'" But why should they be mutually exclusive?
Hell has frozen over: I agree with Malcolm Gladwell about something.
King of the literary Internet, Ron Hogan, is starting a monthly Civil War Book Club. He's doing it under the auspices of Fountain Bookstore, but you don't need to live in Richmond, Virginia, to participate.
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