Friday Hangovers (update)

Maria Tatar at Slate on "Fairy Tales in the Age of Terror." Alan DeNiro, rapmaster, posts the TOC for his collection Skinny Dipping in the Lake of the Dead, forthcoming from Small Beer in the spring. (Yay!) Ben Rosenbaum and Ted Chiang‘s shorts for Nature are online. (Via Didi.) And the Shortform Community at LJ …

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Natalie Angier weighs in on the human proclivity for cursing in a lengthy essay in the NYT: "The Jacobean dramatist Ben Jonson peppered his plays with fackings and "peremptorie Asses," and Shakespeare could hardly quill a stanza without inserting profanities of the day like "zounds" or "sblood" – offensive contractions of "God’s wounds" and "God’s …

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stars the decoration

The WaPo looks at lovingly rendered backdrops for television shows, focusing on Desperate Housewives (eh) and Gilmore Girls (yay!): On shows where interiors are asked to convey so much about the people who live there, details are everything. Rachel Kamerman, production designer for "Gilmore Girls," and her team scour the Warner Brothers prop department, local …

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the cold, hard $$$ (updated)

Jeff Ford reacts to Jonathan Lethem’s geniushood and Matt Cheney’s reaction to it: He feels that, although Lethem deserves the recognition for his fine work, the Award would do better to have been bestowed on a writer who has not yet “made it” and could better use the money. I congratulate Lethem. He’s written some …

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Thursday Hangovers

Over at the new and improved Strange Horizons review section (which has an RSS feed even), Greg Beatty praises Kate Wilhelm’s Storyteller. Oh, but this is a lovely book. Everyone who wants to understand science fiction as a community will want a copy. Many people who want to become professional writers, or better writers, will …

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Inscribed Semi

Attention: consuming any of the following material may make you a target of chicken haulers. So, yesterday on the drive home from work, I hit town and some slight rush hour traffic with it. I’m a car behind a semi, but the car in front of me isn’t very tall and so I have a …

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Writing by Roman Numerals

Alan has Walter Benjamin’s "The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses." Theses which are truly fabulous. I like number 10 (actually, I like them all): X. Consider no work perfect over which you have not once sat from evening to broad daylight. The more times the merrier, right?

Wednesday Hangovers

The National Book Festival will be held Saturday in Washington, D.C. The Washington Post is hosting online author chats all this week. You can find a schedule here. I think it’s a sad commentary on the state of our world that bourbon even needs to advertise on television. Anne at the Vertical blog chooses her …

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