This week’s Wikipedia treat: a gem of alternative punctuation: the “irony mark.” In the history section of that entry, take note of the “doubt point, certitude point, acclamation point, authority point, indignation point, and love point.”
The Association of American Publishers teams with several celebs to create BooksAreGreatGifts.com and accompanying YouTube vid. “Books make great gifts because they are an amazing way to kill time while your web site is buffering.” – Jon Stewart. (thanks Laurie)
Following the release of Before Midnight, the new installment in Richard Linklater’sBefore trilogy of films, Michelle Orangetakes another look at Linklater's 2001 movie Waking Life. (In case you don't remember the film’s trippy style, here’s a clip.)
As the lone mental hospital in The Magic Mountain referred to by its real name, the Hotel Schatzalp is a holy site for many Thomas Mann scholars and fans. At Page-Turner, Sally McGranewrites about the modern hotel, which employs a staff trained to deal with the occasional “literary fanatic.” (It also might be a good time to readMatthew Gallaway on Death in Venice.)
Last Friday, the writer Emily Rapp’s three-year-old son Ronan passed away from Tay-Sachs disease. Because Emily is part of the greater Rumpus family, the site is honoring Ronan’s memory by publishing a tribute by her friend Jennifer Pastiloff. They’re also encouraging people to help fight Tay-Sachs disease here.
L.A.-based readers might be interested in the McSweeney's Issue 37 release party at 826LA West on Monday, May 9th at 8 pm. I'll be reading, along with fellow contributors Kevin Moffett and Larain Newman. The event will be hosted by Josh Bearman, and musician Tristen will perform.