Jonathan Franzen Accuses Jennifer Weiner of 'Freeloading' on Sexism

Serious Male Novelist Jonathan Franzen would like you to know he still has zero respect for Jennifer Weiner, a popular writer whom he admits he hasn't read but considers insufficiently serious for his manly tastes. This time, Franzen accused Weiner—who talks often about sexism in the book world—of "freeloading on the… » 2/13/15 2:30pm 2/13/15 2:30pm

Who Said It: Nora Ephron or Brand-New WSJ Columnist Kendall Jenner?

Well, well, they're both writers now, and everyone's mind is valuable no matter what's in it, or whatever the all-flattening faux-populist ontological miasma is whispering in our ears these days. Anyway, a tiny troll who lives under the conference table at the Wall Street Journal offices has given famous sibling… » 1/16/15 11:45am 1/16/15 11:45am

Lemony Snicket Author Apologizes for Racist Joke, Donates Money

In an apology that's about as good as apologies get, Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler has said that he is sorry for his comments at the National Book Awards Wednesday, which he called "monstrously inappropriate and yes, racist." He's also donated $10,000 to raise money for an organization devoted to diversity in… » 11/21/14 10:50am 11/21/14 10:50am

No, Bram Stoker Did Not Model Dracula On Vlad The Impaler

It's one of those so-called facts that everyone knows: Bram Stoker's character Count Dracula was loosely based on Vlad the Impaler. But while there's no doubt that Stoker took the name from Vlad III's patronymic, it's doubtful that the Impaler was actually the basis for the famous vampire. » 10/21/14 4:47pm 10/21/14 4:47pm

Farrah Abraham On Slut-Shaming, Helen Keller and Being a Novelist

The only thing more incredible than Farrah Abraham being a New York Times bestselling author is that she walked right into the alligator's mouth at Gawker Media HQ to discuss her latest literary effort: a trilogy of erotic novels based on her own infamy as the star of a "leaked" sex tape. » 6/10/14 3:20pm 6/10/14 3:20pm

Captain Underpants Gets More Calls for Censorship Than Fifty Shades

The ALA revealed its top five most challenged books of 2013 and, somewhat surprisingly, lines like "suck me, baby" and "my inner goddess is doing the merengue with some salsa moves" weren't enough to nab "mommy porn" staple Fifty Shades of Grey the #1 spot. Instead, Anastasia and Christian are languishing down at #4… » 4/16/14 10:00am 4/16/14 10:00am

One Star Reviews of Classic Literature Are TOTALLY Insightful

Here is a very good Tumblr: One Star Book Reviews gathers together the collected knowledge some of the web's most discerning critics (namely, people who have given one-star Amazon reviews to classic books). And these illustrious Internet users are not afraid of voicing unpopular opinions, such as "I did not like [… » 4/07/14 7:20pm 4/07/14 7:20pm

Alice Munro Becomes 13th Woman to Win Nobel Prize in Literature

Brilliant badass Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel Committee announced today. The 82-year-old Canadian short story virtuoso was incredibly Canadian about the honor, remarking that she hopes her win will draw attention to other talented Canadian writers. Classier than Lena Horne serving… » 10/10/13 9:30am 10/10/13 9:30am

That Time Ernest Hemingway Described His Ideal Bro Paradise

In between comparing dicks and boozing it up around Paris, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald found time to write letters to each other (Hemingway’s letters were basically telegrams and Fitzgerald’s reeked of booze and cigarettes). Sometimes, they exchanged idle gossip, but other times, as is evident in a… » 10/06/13 3:45pm 10/06/13 3:45pm