June 11th, 2012 / 6:05 pm

Meanwhile, There Are Things to Read and Know

B.J. Hollars wrote a really moving essay about his friendship with Ray Bradbury.

There’s a new poet laureate and she’s not super old! Her name is Natasha Trethewey.

Here’s an interview with Ben Lerner over at The New Yorker.

If you’ve never been to BEA, Emily Gould went for you and wrote about it. If that doesn’t whet your BEA appetite, there are more accounts of the expo here. Edward Champion’s write up of the African American literary marketplace panel is interesting.

The New York Times has a new ethicist, Chuck Klosterman. Here is his first dilemma.

Uh oh! Some Christians do not approve of Fifty Shades of Grey and one woman stopped reading fiction because God told her to. Don’t worry, though. Dr. Ruth totally endorses Fifty Shades of Grey.

Once more, evidence that it is inadvisable to respond to negative reviews.

As an aside, do you guys understand Pinterest? Everyone is signing up! I have an account. I have pinned one item. I am intrigued by the site but know I will never really use it. How very Web 3.0.

If you love Patricia Highsmith, and you should, the catalog of the  Patricia Highsmith Papers are online.

I am still fascinated by The Rise of the NBA Nerd.



  1. Trey

      I’m not actually that interested in ethics and right and wrong, but I am interested in the idea of ethicist as a job, so I took a look at the new ethicist’s column. His first two answers seem pretty normal, I guess, but the cat thing is pretty weird from any angle.

  2. leapsloth14

      Thanks for this. I read them all and enjoyed most. 

  3. Frank Tas, the Raptor

      Oh my God, the content of Bissinger’s book makes it so much worse.

  4. Bobby Dixon

      The metroplex that is the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area is a deadly place to be during the summer. 

  5. marshall mallicoat

      new york times has an “ethicist”???

  6. eddieddieddieddieddi
  7. Gavin Pate

      There are people who don’t love Highsmith?

  8. postitbreakup

      fuck yes already 98 degrees & so much fucking humidity & some rich dude please become my patron & get me out of here PLEASE

  9. Spenser Davis

      The Bissinger thing is completely ridiculous. I studied with Alex Lemon at TCU; he’s the reason I became a writer. He has more talent than Bissinger could ever even fathom. 

      Plus, I was born in Dallas. So fuck him. 

  10. Nathan Goldman
  11. Broah Cicero

      [comment on Roxane’s snarky title in response to being castigated for her comments on Marie Calloway]

  12. #$alvatorePane

      I’ve got nothing to add other than the fact that I love that Grantland article. Awesome round up.

  13. Roxane

      Castigate… I think we understand that word differently. 

  14. mimi

      i don’t have a Pinterest account but i have a whole slew of Pinterest accounts bookmarked that i like to look at, in fact you could say that my Pinterest habit is a giant time-suck  

      i could use a Pinterest Pinterest