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Friday Book News: New Eugenides, Eugene Mirman Mocks Wesley Stace, and More

  • And The Masses Rejoice: Rumor has it that there is a new book on the way from Jeffrey Eugenides. Perfectly timed, as the past eight years were just long enough to fully digest Middlesex. So, what's it about? We don't know! Everyone's being a little close-mouthed about it. Book Page investigated the mystery:

    Here's what we know about the book so far: In July, Jonathan Galassi interviewed Eugenides on FSG's Work in Progress blog, and at that point the author refused to divulge the title. Here's what he would say as far as plot description — although at the time the novel was not finished:

    I don't quite know how to describe it. A college love story? Maybe. It begins on graduation day, in 1982, and involves three main characters. The sweep of the action takes place over the next year or so, as the characters begin their lives outside the university gates. The book deals, among other things, with religion, depression, the Victorian novel, and Roland Barthes. I really don't like to talk about it. It's about 400 pages long so far, and two-thirds done. I don't think it will be a long book, not as long as Middlesex, anyway. It's different from my other books. More tightly dramatized, less fanciful. What else? It's not a Detroit book, not this time. Though one of the characters comes from Detroit, the new book ranges in setting from Providence, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod to Calcutta.

    This entire interview is worth a read, as Eugenides has some interesting things to say about writing autobiographically.

    That's about as vague as you can get without turning invisible. Doesn't stop us from marking the entire month of October in red, and maybe even setting up a Flash countdown widgety thing on our homepage. Okay, not really, but we are really looking forward to it.

  • Gratuitous Book Trailer: We had a great week of blogging from Wesley Stace (check out his posts here), a.k.a. musician John Wesley Harding, and realized that we hadn't shared this video yet. Well, we have to share the video, because watching Eugene Mirman give Wesley Stace a good natured ribbing is highly entertaining.... (We really like your book Wesley and would never ask you why you bothered!)

  • Authors Do More Than Write Smart Things: Words aren't always the end-all of creativity for authors, even for the greats like Ginsberg and Kafka and Plath. An outlet is an outlet, and any blank space — be it a canvas, a piece of paper or the blinking cursor at the beginning of a fresh new Word doc — is like brain crack to those so inclined.

    Flavorwire shares some artistic flights of fancy that ended up in the archives of some of our favorite wordsmiths of all time. Here's one from David Foster Wallace, apparently at the height of his irreverent best (caption courtesy of Flavorwire, though I wish it was mine):


    David Foster Wallace draws on Cormac McCarthy’s face. We doubt those glasses and fangs are anything less than respectful.

    And, there's more. Ginsberg kind of draws like a girl. Who knew?

Via the Twitters

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Heidi Mager does marketing stuff for Powells.com. Off the clock, she spends much of her time wrangling a kindergartner, chasing after her toddler, feeding her husband bacon, and attempting to avoid doing housework.


Books mentioned in this post

  1. Middlesex
    Used Trade Paper $4.95



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