Nabokov fans, brace yourselves! Nabokov scholar Michael Maar accuses the author of stealing the premise of Lolita from another writer. Pair with this Millions essay about designing the cover of the book.
"Reading Literary Twitter is to witness brief, terse glimpses into the writerly psyche, and how insecure and unsure and thin-skinned we tend to be. As writers, we want to be validated. We want to matter. The published stories and poems and essays, the books we sell, the magazines we edit: all this output, this paper expelled out to the world, the screens we invade with our narratives, it all matters to us. But does it matter to everyone else?" mensah demary writes about the good, the bad, and the slightly neurotic of being a writer on Twitter for Electric Literature.
“I war-gamed out everything. My biggest fear was that somebody tries to play out my book and finds out it won’t work.” At The New York Times, Alexandra Alter writes about the new Minecraft novel by Max Brooks, author of World War Z: “In the process, he may have also created a strange new entertainment category, one that hovers somewhere between fan fiction, role-playing games and literature — a novel set in a game, that can itself be played within the game.” And while we're on the topic of games, let's also talk about geekdom and race.
Ben Lerner has a story [subscription required] in this week's New Yorker that, like his debut novel Leaving the Atocha Station, features a protagonist named The Author. The magazine interviewed Lerner about the invitation to blur his fiction with his autobiography. He says that his work in an exercise in "activating those questions in peculiar ways—but the questions, not the answers, are what strike me as interesting."
An article in the Wall Street Journal about the third publishing house -- HarperCollins, who joined Simon & Schuster and Hachette -- to delay e-book publication of new (hardcover) titles. The debate over timing and pricing of new-release e-books (@$9.99) continues.
At Slate, The Pulitzer win for Tinkers continues to shine a light on what's broken about the publishing industry right now. "Instead of relying on the Great Chain of Publishing... Tinkers' chain jumped several links to get to the Pulitzer." (Thanks, Craig)