Tuesday Links: Saunders Blogs; Quarterly Conversation; New Yorker Festival

September 4, 2007 | 2 books mentioned 1

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  • George Saunders is taking up residence at the Powell’s Blog this week as he embarks on a book tour promoting his latest (released today), The Braindead Megaphone. To my knowledge, it is Saunders’ first foray into blogging, a format we discussed nearly two years ago (scroll down). His concern: “I worry about how much I would have to pay myself to keep my blog supplied with content. My fear is that, knowing I was working for myself, I would start cheating myself, only submitting my worst pieces, then get into a labor dispute with myself and never speak to me again.” Hopefully, his fears aren’t realized.
  • A new issue of Scott Esposito’s terrific Quarterly Conversation has arrived. It features, among several notable contributors, Garth, who “sorts out literary feuds, dissects James Wood’s essay against Don DeLillo’s 832-page opus Underworld, and argues that this book actually evolves the novel forward.”
  • Emdashes has the schedule for this year’s New Yorker Festival. It looks fantastic as usual. I should really go sometime.

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One comment:

  1. That email from George Saunders is priceless, thanks for sharing.

    It's going to be fascinating to see what happens with a five-day blog–the comments and community part of blogs all depends on being regular.

    But if anybody could bring a crowd in a short amount of time, he could. A funny, funny writer.

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