Links: Self-Inflicted Miseries

An illustrated edition of Mary Griffith‘s 1836 novel, Three Hundred Years Hence, considered the first utopian novel written by a woman, has been posted online. The newspaper of the then-future in the novel is called The Recorder of Self-Inflicted Miseries, which seems like an especially good name for a newspaper enterprise these days.

Following up on yesterday’s post on novellas, some interesting discussion in the comments at Big Other over whether short novels deserve a reputation for being unambitious. (via)

Donna Tartt is allegedly working on a third novel. In the meantime, we’ll have to settle for two paragraphs on Bret Easton Ellis.

David Means recalls reading, at Jonathan Franzen‘s suggestion, William Cronon‘s Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West”and the Great West, which “made me start thinking about the Midwest in a completely new way.”

Meanwhile, British booksellers look to Franzen to improve their fortunes.

The Ransom Center acquires Denis Johnson‘s papers.

Eudora Welty biographer Ann Waldron has died.

Speaking of Welty: The prospect of interviewing her was terrifying for at least one writer.

The New Yorker excerpts Dinaw Mengestu‘s excellent forthcoming novel, How to Read the Air.

In praise of one of Mark Twain’s lesser-known novels, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. And the first publication of Twain’s 1889 short essay “Concerning the Interview,” in which he likens an interviewer to a cyclone “dusting a continent with your remains.”

4 responses to “Links: Self-Inflicted Miseries

  1. While waiting for Tartt’s next novel, one could do worse than to listen to the audiobook of Charles Portis’ True Grit, which Tartt reads. I discovered it a few months ago and think it’s the best audiobook interpretation I’ve ever heard.

  2. Since when did “ambitious” become synonymous with being long-winded? Needing a hundred words to describe what could easily be described in twenty or thirty isn’t ambition, it’s verbosity.

  3. “True Grit” is the only audio book I know of Tartt reading. It apparently is the favorite book of at least three generations of women in the Tartt family, according to an essay she reads on the CD.

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