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- R.I.P. J.D. Salinger, and here's a few Salinger links: Sarah Weinman at Daily Finance on what might happen in terms of publication of his later work now, and with some additional thoughts at her own site; David Levithan talks at the WSJ about Catcher's influence on the development of the YA genre (undeniably huge); the Washington Post has a piece on the last publishing deal Salinger ever entered into (but which didn't come to fruition, obvs); and, finally, Jo Knowles served the man coffee at a charity dinner. There are lots more interesting things out there to read, of course; nothing like a recluse to generate stories and press. (I couldn't help but think during the NPR commentary where various writers talked about his influence on American letters and Rick Moody summoned up Huck Finn and Holden Caulfield as quite possibly the two hugest influences on American authors, with Nick Carraway as the third, where our famous girl character voices are in that continuum? What would they be?)
- HarperTeen launches Inkpop, a new social networking-style site for teens to post their own writing.
- Justine on the phenomenons of mansplaining and whitesplaining.
- And, finally, the FABULOUS Stephany Aulenback and her brother collaborate on "Things Dorothy Parker Might Have Said, Had She Been a Mother" over at McSweeney's.