I am long, looooooooong overdue for a link roundup. So much good stuff:
Toni Morrison is going to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In other Toni Morrison news, New York recently posted a fabulous profile on her.
There was a lot of buzz when HBO made a move to adapt Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections into a series. Franzen wrote the screenplay and an all-star cast was selected. Well…HBO has now rejected the series.
Moment magazine asks: Is there such a thing as Jewish fiction?
Over at SF Signal, Paula Stiles talks about why multiculturalism will make you a better writer.
The Atlantic discusses the ongoing problem of race in young adult literature.
Over at LJNDawson: “If you want people to read more, teach more people to read.”
Maya at Feministing responds to Katie Roiphe’s Newsweek piece on 50 Shades of Grey, focusing on fantasies of sexual submission.
Speaking of 50 Shades of Grey, the Brevard County Public Libraries system in Florida has pulled the book from its shelves because they “don’t collect porn.”
Junot Diaz on how much Miramax paid him for the film rights to Oscar Wao: “You’ve gotta remember it’s about Dominicans in New Jersey so they paid like $500 for it…The shit wasn’t about werewolves, you know? Literally they paid, like, they paid me lunch money.”
What five books does Anna Quindlen consider the best? The Wall Street Journal has the scoop.
Not specifically related to literature, but to pop culture in general: Racialicious recently posted a historical guide to hipster racism.
Finally, this isn’t specifically related to literature either, but I’m including it because the same nonsense is often applied to academic explorations of literature (and other liberal arts subjects): The Chronicle of Higher Education recently embarrassed itself by allowing a conservative “journalist” to post a racist diatribe that called for the end of Black Studies programs. This “journalist” then stuck her foot further down her throat by posting a response to the furor that ensued following her initial post. The three doctoral candidates who were targeted in the first article have responded, but the Chronicle‘s (non-)response to the matter has been really disappointing. If nothing else, the whole thing has illustrated precisely why minority voices are so vital in academia.