A still from the BBC's Jane Austen videogame.
Graywolf releases the trailer (which is really more of an epic short video) for Josh Cohen's forthcoming book, Four New Messages. "Emission" stars Girls actor Alex Karpovsky, and was directed by Brian Spinks. The book will be out in early August.
A blogger for Boston-based literary journal Ploughshares has been reprimanded for critiquing other publications on the magazine’s website, and retaliated by leaking an email from the magazine managing editor to the Observer. “After some upsetting conversations regarding the nature and tone of the opinions I’ve expressed over my nine posts, the managing editor has asked me not to blog any longer,” poet Sean Bishop said of the incident.
Thanks to Google’s Ngram feature, which tracks the usage of words over time, linguists can now quantify the rise of American narcissism through literature. A new study focusing on the recurrence of certain words in books over the past fifty years has found that “language in American books has become increasingly focused on the self and uniqueness in the decades since 1960.”
A Goodreads user has compiled a list of authors known for throwing “temper tantrums” in response to negative reviews of their work. We’re wondering what’s behind the fact that most of the authors listed work in the fantasy or sci-fi genres.
A number of brick-and-mortar bookstores (including those owned by Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million) have decided not to carry books put out by the new Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprint New Harvest on the grounds that the books are paper editions of e-books that have been acquired and published by Amazon. New Harvest launches on August 1.
The BBC’s entertainment division has teamed up with Legacy Games to release a Facebook game about Jane Austen. The objective of “Jane Austen’s Rogues and Romances” is to track down Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet—the protagonists of Pride and Prejudice—and “convince them to return to their newlywed life.”
Why does The New Yorker publish so many pieces about The New Yorker? Slate investigates.