Called ‘Love Italian Style.’
Melissa Gorga, star of the reality show Real Housewives of New Jersey, has published a relationship-advice book based on her marriage to fellow housewife Teresa Giudice’s brother, Joe, and her recipes for “love Italian style” sound more like a nightmare. Jezebel got its hands on a copy and excerpted it, and the result is a portrait of a near-abusive relationship. Gems from her husband include: “Men, I know you think your woman isn't the type who wants to be taken. But trust me, she is. Every girl wants to get her hair pulled once in a while. If your wife says ‘no,’ turn her around, and rip her clothes off. She wants to be dominated.” Gorga also writes, “If it's a hard ‘no,’ I try to be nice about it. Don’t swat him away, or say with a tone, ‘Leave me alone!’ Eventually he will leave you alone at more than you wish he would.” Mamma mia.
The seasons are changing, but let’s linger for a moment on those books that capture one summer day. From Bellow to Woolf, Matt Seidel on the mystical workings of just 24 hours.
Summer is slipping from our grasp, but before turning our back on those lazy, reading-filled hours, we should take one last, elegiac look at those radiant works structured around summer’s essence: the long, seemingly unending day. That summer’s lease hath all too short a date is all the more reason to memorialize its incomparable days. One such memorial is The Infinities, John Banville’s playful take on Greek myth and multiverse theory. “God…is there anything duller than a summer afternoon?” says the beautiful actress Helen.
The author of the new novel ‘Dissident Gardens’ talks about the MacArthur ‘genius’ grant, being a Mets fan, and working in a walk-in closet.
NC: Describe your morning routine. JL: OK, so my morning routine. Well, my life is totally dictated by the presence of these two wonderfully little boys. I have a 6-year-old and a 3-year-old. They are insane early risers, which forces me to trump them. When I was writing Dissident Gardens, which was the last really good roll I got on, when I was in the full grip of it and needed to work substantially on it every day, I’d get up at 3 or 4 in the morning.
Accidentally by Mississippi’s Sun Herald.
It’s Christmas come early for recipients of the MacArthur “genius” grant. Ahead of the foundation’s press embargo, The Sun Herald accidentally published the list of this year’s “genius” grant recipients, a glaring mistake made even more obvious by the caption under their photo, which reads “hold for release at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.” All of the 24 winners, which vary from jazz composers to organic chemists, will receive $625,000 over the course of the next five years—money that they can spend on, virtually, whatever they want. Among the winners is the 32-year-old author of Swamplandia!, Karen Russell.
Perhaps the opposite.
Reports of the death of the small bookstore may have been, as Mark Twain might say, greatly exaggerated. On the Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder reports that in the past nine months, the American Booksellers Association has added more than 70 new members. Independent bookstores are finding success by offering what Amazon cannot: community, personal interaction, and a welcoming environment. In addition, many booksellers have adapted to the Internet age by selling e-readers and print-on-demand books. John Evans, a co-owner of four indie bookstores in California, said, “For us who are in the trenches, it’s funny reading about how we’re disappearing when we’re really growing.”
Colombian polymath mourned by nation.
Álvaro Mutis Jaramillo, the prolific Colombian man of letters, died Sunday in Mexico City at the age of 90. Though he worked as a broadcaster, film executive, radio actor, and newspaper columnist, Mutis was most well known for his writing. Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez called Mutis "one of the greatest writers of our time." Mutis’s most enduring creation remains the wandering sailor Maqroll, the star of his many novellas collected in The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll. "The millions of friends and admirers of Álvaro Mutis profoundly lament his death,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos wrote. “All of Colombia honors him."
The author of ‘The Year of Living Dangerously.’
Christopher Koch, one of Australia’s pre-eminent novelists, died Monday after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 81 years old. Koch won The Miles Franklin Award, Australia's most prestigious literary prize, in 1985 for The Doubleman, and in 1996 for Highways to a War. He is best known for 1978’s The Year of Living Dangerously, which Koch co-adapted into a critically and commercially successful film. His final novel, Lost Voices, was published in 2012.
The author of the new e-book ‘Ajax Penumbra 1969’ and the debut novel ‘Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,’ now out in paperback, shares his passion for science fiction, ‘my essential genre.’
We range widely, we readers of fiction, but I think we all need a home. Mine is science fiction. It’s my home shelf, my homeland, my home planet, my essential genre. Without science fiction, without the influence these books have had on me over the years, I'm not sure I would care much about reading or writing today. If a great work of literary fiction is Kafka's "ice-axe to break the frozen sea within us," then a great work of science fiction is the boat.
Among the victims of Al-Shabab’s Nairobi mall massacre was Kofi Awoonor, a 78-year-old poet and statesman in town for a literary festival. Michael Daly celebrates the part of the man that will live on.
Kofi Awoonor was the very opposite of the terrorists who killed him. He was not a destroyer seeking to become exceptional by killing. He was a creator who achieved worldwide renown by writing poetry. The 78-year-old from Ghana came to Nairobi last week to participate in the annual Storymoja Hay literary festival. He gave a master class in poetry Friday, as the killers were preparing to do their worst. He was due to address the gathering later Saturday when he went shopping with his son at the Westgate mall.
It's national punctuation day! In a new book, Keith Houston investigates the origin and evolution of such punctuation marks as the asterisk (*), the pilcrow (¶), and the octothorpe (#). But it is the quest of a father and son to invent a symbol for sarcasm that will live in infamy.
The irony mark’s inconstant digital existence, begun with the abortive importation of the temherte slaq and sustained by a succession of futile pretenders, has most recently borne witness to one particularly determined project that almost—almost—cracked the problem. Outstripping the ironieteken, the temherte slaq, and their kin by far is the most remarked and reviled irony mark to date. The rise to infamy of the “SarcMark”® is unparalleled in the history of punctuation.
Lyndon Johnson flirted with her. JFK hated her. Historians blamed her for South Vietnam's downfall. And decades later, a writer found her hiding out in Paris. A new book uncovers the final days of Saigon’s infamous Dragon Lady.
Saigon, 1963: The city slinks toward a feverish violence. On the streets, monks set themselves alight to protest the government’s anti-Buddhist bent. Dissenters plot in secret among the Army’s ranks. In squalid prisons, students and political enemies rot in soiled tiger cages. And ensconced in Independence Palace, the insular ruling family prepares for martial law and inflates reports of their success against the Viet Cong. But the Americans backing the fragile South Vietnamese regime are growing disillusioned with President Ngo Dinh Diem and his pampered relatives and want the lot of them gone: the stubborn, inexperienced Diem, his ruthless younger brother, and particularly Diem’s sister-in-law, the woman John F.
The novelist Kevin Baker is back with a meaty, sweaty romp through 1940s and 50s New York. He talks to Allen Barra about the Jewish mob, historical fiction, and how he grades Obama.
James Joyce bragged that if Dublin suddenly ceased to exist, it could be reconstructed, brick by brick, from the pages of Ulysses. Those wishing to reconstruct old New York would be well advised to study Baker’s City of Fire trilogy—Dreamland, Paradise Alley (2002) and Striver’s Row (2006)—which chronicles the rise and fall of America’s greatest city from the Civil War to the 1950s. (Paradise Alley won the 2003 James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction and the American Book Award.
At Target Australia.
Target Australia hopes to tap into your inner goddess. The chain (which is separate from the U.S.-based stores but shares a logo) is working with 50 Shades of Grey author E.L. James to develop lingerie based on what Anastasia describes in the erotic books—including one piece based on the first gift Christian gives her. In a press statement, James said the collection would “tap into the fantasy world from the trilogy.” Target Australia Underwear General Manager Sally Shing called the lingerie “high quality” with “affordable and accessible prices.” But given the subject matter of 50 Shades (sadomasochism, in case you’ve lived under a rock in the year since it’s been published), the collection already has its detractors. “This is a normalizing of what are harmful practices which keep women subordinate in our culture,” said Australia anti-violence campaigner Melinda Tankard Reist.
From a Hungarian novelist’s newest to a biography of Richard Wagner.
Seiobo There Below by László Krasznahorkai. The fiction of Hungarian writer László Krasznahorkai is often called “obsessive” by critics. For good reason—his sentences are enormous and repetitive, and his subjects are rigorously examined from all angles. He is a master of the breathless paragraph, the hypnotic meditation. James Wood, in a piece about Krasznahorkai’s pull as a postmodernist, noted that the worlds conjured by Thomas Bernhard seem more logical by comparison.
When Sophie Hayes joined her boyfriend in Italy for a vacation, she had no idea that he was about to prostitute her for money. Now, in her new memoir, she tells about her life as a sex slave in Europe’s underground.
Just a few years ago everything changed. I was trafficked. I was deceived by a man who said that he loved me. I was a product and a vehicle to make money. But I am a survivor. I had known my trafficker for many years prior to being forced into prostitution. We met at a club and texted or talked on the phone daily for years, until I came to trust him completely. He was my best friend. So when he asked me to visit him in Italy, I believed it was just a holiday.
The bebop legend drove jazz into territories that continue to awe listeners with ears fast enough to keep up. The first volume of veteran critic Stanley Crouch’s decades-in-the-making Charlie Parker biography gets to the heart of Bird’s genius, but the book will test your patience, says Stuart Klawans.
The veteran jazz writer Stanley Crouch has a store of fresh information for you in his new book about Charlie Parker (1920–55), the genius of American music universally known as Bird, and invaluable insights to offer into the meaning of Parker’s achievement. It is imperative that you come into possession of this material, contained in Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker—even though, to get at it, you will sometimes feel as if you’re swimming through a vat of Jell-O laced with industrial sludge.
He might be prone to controversial outbursts, but what does the world’s leading atheist and scientist really like to talk about? J.P. O’Malley visits Dawkins in his Oxford home to find out.
Whenever Richard Dawkins’s name appears in the news nowadays, it’s usually for the wrong reasons. The occasional controversial outburst by the British scientist about religion can sometimes be insulting, misinformed, and arrogant. They also make it easy for us to forget why we come to read his work in the first place. While it’s certainly true that Dawkins’s 2006 book The God Delusion was an intriguing riposte to the world of theology, it’s not his area of expertise.
Franciszka and Helena Halamajowa were two ordinary Poles with the extraordinary courage to hide Jews and a defecting German soldier in their attic during WWII. J.L Witterick on her new novel on the women who risked their lives to save their neighbors.
I am always amazed by stories where seemingly ordinary people display unpredictable, heroic behavior under the most dire of circumstances. Do we really know someone then, until we see them under duress?In My Mother's Secret, a book inspired by the courage of two otherwise unknown Polish women during the second World War. Franciszka and her daughter, Helena, do not stand out from a crowd in any way. They are poor peasants struggling to get by, like so many others at that time.
There's a bearded, flannel-shirted movement afoot to ditch the Internet and reclaim the pre-digital life. James Poulos on how the latest hipster trend could burst the tech bubble.
Say what you will about hipsters: they've captured our imagination. Every decade seems to demand its own unique countercultural vanguard, and hipsters have delivered in style. There's nothing more of-the-moment than young white people who are downwardly mobile and loving it. Some of the most enterprising hipsters have managed to put ironic scare quotes around the whole concept of downward mobility, freeing themselves from the materialistic "rat race" that drew many of their parents into economically productive but spiritually draining lives.
Was the infamous murder of Matthew Shepard really a hate crime? Stephen Jimenez has spent 13 years investigating the case. Now in an exclusive excerpt from his new book he reveals new information about what really happened.
The following excerpt is adapted from The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, by Stephen Jimenez, to be published by Steerforth Press on September 24. In the book, Jimenez upends our understanding of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard 15 years ago in Laramie, Wyoming, a crime that quickly came to be regarded as an open-and-shut case of anti-gay violence. Jimenez spent 13 years reporting the story and interviewed more than 100 sources, including convicted killers Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson, prosecutor Cal Rerucha, and friends and lovers of Shepard’s from whom the public has never before heard.
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