- E-paper continues to get press. The New York Times talks up the technology’s potential for newspapers. See also: The digital future of the book.
- MetaxuCafe is covering the Pen World Voices Festival.
- Sara Gran, much praised for her book Dope and her blog has a new edition of her book, Come Closer, coming out.
A young Apollo, golden-haired,
Stands dreaming on the verge of strife,
For the long littleness of life.
“Soldiers eat beef teriyaki and chicken cavatelli M.R.E.s in a war zone where ‘armored ruins’ line the roads, ‘charred corpses scattered in among the blasted metal’; and sniper fire and I.E.D. ambushes are a constant threat: ‘the chaos out there, the crazy Arabic writing and abu-jabba jabber, the lawless traffic, the hidden danger and buzz and stray bullets and death looming from every overpass.'” Michiko Kakutani reviews Roy Scranton’s War Porn for The New York Times. Here’s an old review from The Millions that shares a bit of Scranton’s lingering sentiment regarding the war.
Our favorite teenage misfit couple is coming to the big screen. Dreamworks will adapt Eleanor & Park with Rainbow Rowell writing the script. Filming doesn’t begin until 2015, so you have plenty of time to read the book. Here’s our own Janet Potter’s review.