Literary Miscellany

February 08, 2011 

  • The latest on the gender disparity in publishing comes from Vida, who has released a damning breakdown of the numbers of women being published and reviewed in some of the most prominent literary publications including the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s, Tin House and the Paris Review. Vida’s post has provoked a lot of response: Ruth Franklin confronts the existence of a literary glass ceiling, Alizah Salario shares some thoughts about women and criticism, and Stephen Elliott says we need more information before coming to any conclusions.
  • Bitch Media compiled a list of 100 Feminist YA books, then caused a big controversy by removing 3 of them, and is now starting a book club which includes the 3 removed titles.
  • I’ve started a reading challenge devoted to Argentinian literature. You only need to read one book to join!
  • The New Yorker has published a new story by Mary Gaitskill. The perspective is terrifying, but interesting and well worth the read.
  • Idle doodles by Sylvia Plath, David Foster Wallace, Vladimir Nabokov and others.
  • Peeing on Borges’ grave is an artistic act (at least according to one writer).
  • U.S. and U.K. book covers compared.

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