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Ira Glass, Calvin Trillin, and others are featured in this trailer for Rakoff's posthumous book, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, a novel in verse forthcoming in July from Doubleday. One of the best and funniest essayists of our time, Rakoff died of cancer on August 9, 2012. He was forty-seven years old.
In this Single Sentence Animation from Electric Literature, Suneet Sethi animates the following sentence, from "Angel Lust" by Maggie Shipstead: "Her mascara, running down her smooth, downy cheeks, made her look like a tragic urchin, a child whore, Brooke Shields in Pretty Baby, Jodi Foster in Taxi Driver."
"Most fiction is a sort of collaboration between experience and imagination," explains Steve Erickson, the author of several novels, including Tours of the Black Clock, The Sea Came in at Midnight, and Zeroville, in this video from Open Road Media. "At some point, a novel starts making its own choices."
The author of Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, turns her attention in her new book, Gulp: Adventures in the Alimentary Canal, to a day in the life of bacteria in your gut.
The PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award, which "honors a writer whose critically acclaimed work has drawn a wide audience and helps us to understand the human condition in original and powerful ways," was recently given to Philip Roth. Watch his speech at the awards ceremony, held at New York City's American Museum of Natural History.
The author, whose fourth novel, Jewelweed, is being published this month by Milkweed Editions, answered questions from the audience following a recent reading from the book at the Driftless Writing Center in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Rhodes, who was injured in a motorcycle accident in the early 1970s, was the subject of a profile back in 2008. Read "After the Flood."