Flavorwire has posted the first page of Thomas Pynchon’s new novel, Bleeding Edge.
It’s been a good week for Zadie Smith. In addition to making Granta’s list of the Best Young British Novelists and getting shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Smith was just shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje prize.
David Mamet is going to self-publish his next book.
For reasons nobody can explain, government officials in George Orwell’s birthplace of Bihar, India, are turning the writer’s former home into a monument—for Mahatma Ghandi. The house in Motihari City was damaged in an earthquake in 1934 and has long since fallen into disrepair. According to the AFP, while Ghandi’s movement also began in Bihar, it had no ties to the former Orwell home.
Book Riot debates Meg Wolitzer’s claim that “men with very few exceptions, won’t read books about women. Something nebulous and thought-based—a book of ideas—people seem much more willing to have that from a man than a woman.”
Brian Wilson may have already put out one memoir (which he claims he never finished reading) but that isn’t stopping him from preparing a second. The seventy-year-old former Beach Boy is currently working on I Am Brian Wilson, which is slated to come out with Random House Canada in 2015.