Still has new book coming.
Bestselling author Tom Clancy died Tuesday in a Baltimore hospital, his publisher has confirmed. He was 66. Clancy was the author of dozens of military thrillers, including the bestselling Jack Ryan series (including 1987's Patriot Games), whose movie adaptations made millions at the box office. Clancy was born in Baltimore, and he later became a part owner of the Baltimore Orioles. He earned $1.3 million for writing the first Jack Ryan book, The Hunt for Red October, and by 1997 he reportedly earned $50 million for his next two books. He also co-founded the videogame developer Red Storm Entertainment and has had his name on some of Red Storm’s most successful games. His last novel, an installment in the Jack Ryan series titled Command Authority, is scheduled to be published Dec. 3.
With her new novel getting rave reviews, the ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ author is ready to confess that she doesn’t meditate—and she has a chewing gum addiction.
NC: Describe your morning routine.EG: Okay, well my morning routine on a day when I’m writing is very different from my routine on a day I’m not writing. So when I’m writing, my routine begins the night before. I had a meditation teacher who used to say that your meditation starts the night before. What time you go to bed is really important. When I’m writing, I tend to go to bed around 9 o’clock. That way I can get up by 4:30 or 5. My favorite time to write is between 5 to 10 a.
Dave Eggers takes on the dystopian world of Facebook and Google in his new novel, ‘The Circle.’ Stefan Beck on whether we should dare to ‘Like’ it.
In 1945, Jorge Luis Borges published a short story about Google. The narrator of “The Aleph” is a writer, also called Borges, who each year visits the family of a dead woman with whom he’d been in love. He comes to know the woman’s cousin, Carlos Argentino Daneri, a terrible poet with a very high opinion of himself and bombastic opinions about everything else. Of Modern Man, Daneri bloviates: “I view him ... in his inner sanctum ... with telephones, telegraphs, phonographs, wireless sets, motion-picture screens, slide projectors, glossaries, timetables, handbooks, bulletins.
Kate Losse says ‘The Circle’ rips off Facebook memoir.
Former Facebook employee Kate Losse claims that her 2012 memoir, The Boy Kings, has been ripped off by novelist Dave Eggers. Losse notes that both her book and Eggers’s new novel, The Circle, are about a female customer-service employee at a major social network. Losse also points to Eggers’s conception of Silicon Valley companies, with their cavalier attitudes toward user privacy and their cultish corporate cultures, as being similar to her own description of Facebook. She annotated a section to show similarities between the two and wrote on her blog that The Circle, which has received rave advance reviews, “is the same book [as mine], and I wrote it first (and I imagine mine is more authentic and better written, because I actually lived in this world and am also a good writer),” though she has not read the novel in its entirety. For Losse, the perceived plagiarism is indicative of a publishing industry where “mainstream media outlets will take [Egger’s] writing more seriously than a woman's.”
‘The Scientists,’ Marco Roth’s memoir about his bookish upbringing and his father’s secret life, was hailed as one of the best books of 2012. He was not the first to question the idea of a single, unified self. He picks five of his favorite anti-memoir memoirs.
Is it possible to write a memoir about how you mistook your own life, about what you didn’t yet know or failed to see, and when you didn’t know it? About how your character and judgments were formed and how you came to unlearn that first and not always painful formation? The project sounds like it should be doomed. How can you write about that earlier self without being either patronizing or maudlin? How can you write your way out of the after-effects of your earlier experiences simply by chronicling them? And yet there have been a number of remarkable attempts, often successful or successfully doomed books that capture fragments of lives, usually written at a crisis point in the writer’s life—the sense of mid-life coming as it does at different times to different generations and different individuals.
By the author of “Cougars Like It Hard.”
After taking it to the streets, bitcoins are taking it to the bedroom. Brought to you by the author of books like Cougars Like It Dirty and Cougars Like It Hard, comes an erotic e-book centered on ... you guessed it, bitcoins. King of the Bitcoin, written by Kayleen Knight, follows the life a 19-year-old Bitcoin miner named Atlas Fawkes. After a major financial collapse in 2019, Fawkes comes out of the struggle stronger than before and becomes “fabulously wealthy” and then a “sexual king.” With wildly explicit sex scenes, it’s already been deemed “unacceptable” for teens under the age of 17.
No release date for app yet.
Autographs are going digital. Apple has filed a patent that would allow authors to sign their names electronically to a reader’s e-book. The patent allows for authentication of signatures either by an embedded certificate or an uploaded picture of the author and reader. Some signatures could be authenticated only in a designated “interactivity zone,” such as a book signing. Apple has not yet set a release date for the application.
And go directly to publisher.
Jamie Clarke’s new novel, Vernon Downs, will be available on Amazon in April 2014. Clarke, however, is urging his readers not to buy it—or, rather, not to buy it on Amazon. Instead interested readers should order directly from the publisher, Roundabout, and receive the book five months early. Though Amazon is how small presses sell most of their books, Clarke says that the publisher sees very little of the profits, owing to Amazon’s discounting policies. He plans to donate his royalties to Roundabout as well.
And the National Archives, too.
Now that thesis is really never getting done. As part of the federal government shutdown, both the Library of Congress and the National Archives were closed down Tuesday, and will remain closed until further notice. The websites of both institutions have been shut down as well, and their social-media sites have stopped updating. All public events are canceled until the end of the shutdown. The National Endowment for the Arts website is operational, and you can search for old material, but it will not be updated or monitored.
A month ago, the Nobel Prize–winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney died at age 74. Former poet laureate Robert Pinsky remembers how funny his friend could be.
Irreverent comedy subverts, but it doesn't necessarily hurt. Its best laughter can be derisive, but not cruel.Seamus Heaney, among many other things, embodied that central principle: his comic sense was gleefully sharp, but it was not mean. I think he disdained cruelty, as well as pomposity. Mischievous, more bite than bark in the sense that it was mordant with minimal rhetoric, Heaney was not genteel. He enjoyed the disrespectful roar of impropriety.
From a novel on nostalgia to a novel on paranoia.
Nostalgia by Dennis McFarland. Summerfield Hayes, a Brooklyn-born soldier late of the Union Army, wakes up in a hospital bed unable to speak. He has been rendered mute by what in 1864 was a medical diagnosis: nostalgia. A modern name for it might be post-traumatic stress disorder. In his new novel, entitled Nostalgia, Dennis McFarland explores how war makes some men prisoners of their own minds. Though in a state of near catatonia, Hayes’s synapses are busily firing.
You’ve probably never heard of Stephen Wright’s 1983 novel 'Meditations in Green,' but you should know it now. It’s one of the strangest and evocative book about the Vietnam War. Nathaniel Rich goes into the jungle.
A good war novel forces you to visualize, in vivid detail, the horror and dysfunction of combat. A great war novel goes further—it makes you feel the horror personally. The putrescence of a corpse rotting at the bottom of a trench wafts from the pages of All Quiet on the Western Front; readers of Farewell to Arms are susceptible to sudden sharp pains in the legs and scalp. Meditations in Green, Stephen Wright’s debut novel about the Vietnam War, does these things well, but it also does something far more peculiar: it convinces you that the war never ended.
Terry McMillan talks about the power of family ties and her new novel, ‘Who Asked You?’ with Jane Ciabattari.
Terry McMillan has nearly a quarter of a million Twitter followers, and a devoted fan base for her novels, which feature indelible portrayals of women navigating through life’s tumult with irreverence and grit. Mama, her first novel, paid homage to her hard-working mother, who raised five children in Port Huron, Michigan. As the novel opens Mildred Peacock, 27, is about to kick her husband out: “If it weren’t for their five kids, she’d have left him a long time ago.
On the last day of September in 1927, Babe Ruth stepped to the plate and hit his 60th home run. Bill Bryson on the summer that made Ruth’s career.
Lou Gehrig, in his quiet, methodical, all but invisible way, was having a fantastic year. As the second week of September began, he had 45 home runs, 161 runs batted in, and a .389 batting average. As his biographer Jonathan Eig notes in Luckiest Man, Gehrig could have stopped there, with almost a month of the season still to play, and had one of the best seasons ever. In fact, he did essentially stop there.His mother was unwell with a goiter and needed surgery.
What role did Islam have in shaping the Founders' views on religion? A new book argues that to understand the debate over church and state, we need to look to their views on Muslims, writes R.B. Bernstein.
One of the nastiest aspects of modern culture wars is the controversy raging over the place of Islam and Muslims in Western society. Too many Americans say things about Islam and Muslims that would horrify and offend them if they heard such things said about Christianity or Judaism, Christians or Jews. Unfortunately, those people won’t open Denise A. Spellberg’s Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders. This enlightening book might cause them to rethink what they’re saying.
A new book reveals with devastating detail that Bangladesh should now be added to the roster of Henry Kissinger and Nixon’s crimes in places like Vietnam, Cambodia, and Chile. Nick Turse on the forgotten genocide in Bangladesh—and what the echoes with American policy today.
I’ve only seen Henry Kissinger up close and personal twice. One time was an abortive interview about the U.S. wars in Indochina which ended with him stomping off. The other time was during the early 2000s on a Manhattan street when I watched him and a body guard-type flee from protesters who were yelling epithets like “war criminal” and shouting “you’ve got blood on your hands, Henry.” They were no doubt referring to Kissinger’s connections to the killing of innocents in Vietnam.
From the inside of Air Force One during the first moments after JFK was shot to the Afghan warlords waiting to pounce when the U.S. pulls out, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
"The Flight from Dallas" by Chris Jones, Esquire. From noon to dusk on November 22, 1963, history went dark, locked inside the closed and crowded cabin of Air Force One. Fifty years later, what happened after JFK died has fully come to light. "Public Enemies" by Ben Austen, Wired. How social media fuels Chicago’s gang wars. "The Death of Republican Ideas" by Molly Ball, The Atlantic. How the Heritage Foundation went from the intellectual backbone of the conservative movement to the GOP's bane—and how it's hurting the party's hopes for a turnaround.
Cousin Eddie was a Vietnam Vet who came home and went hunting alone. Kara Krauze writes about the cousin she never knew, explaining war to her 7 year old son, and our common need for Heroes.
The other night at dinner my stepdad told us about cousin Eddie* and how he’d gone off to Vietnam, drafted, served his year and a day, and came back different. My seven-year-old, who likes to play war and hear about war and know what’s happened, returned to the table, ears open. Each time we have one of these conversations about war, my mother makes sure to tell him that war brings damage; we shouldn’t go to war, better to avoid it. “But what if we have to go to war?” my son asks.
Thirty years is all the time we have to dramatically change our consumption of fossil fuels—or face catastrophe. Mark Hertsgaard on the new U.N. report—and how Bill McKibben learned to do something about climate change.
Bill McKibben should feel vindicated today. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s premier scientific body on the issue, has just endorsed the path-breaking argument he made last year in Rolling Stone that most of the Earth’s remaining fossil fuels must not be burned if civilization is to avoid catastrophic amounts of global warming. Humanity can burn no more than 1 trillion metric tons if it is to have a better than 50-50 chance of limiting average global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the IPCC declared today in the “Summary for Policymakers” of its Fifth Assessment Report on climate science.
Just try sticking a Doors song on an ad for a Buick or deodorant. The band’s drummer John Densmore explains why their music will never be a commodity.
At the risk of sounding grandiose, I will say that, to me, rock ’n’ roll is sacred. It started out mid-twentieth century, and when dirt-poor Elvis bought his first Cadillac, that was his way of “blinging” the uptight ’50s. Sixty years later, I said no to Cadillac, by vetoing the idea of a Doors song becoming the soundtrack to encourage folks to buy cruise mobiles. For all those years a tradition has been building. A tradition built on the idea that this music means something.
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