Charlotte Bronte's birthday is this Saturday. Ooh here's a superfun, not at all boring game: which Bronte are you? Charlotte or Emily or [that third one no one cares about]?
A lit agent clowns slush pile submissions via tumblr. That's one crabby hombre!
Are you going to a writers' conference this summer? You are? How great for you [flashes totally sincere smile]. I suppose you'll find this amusing then.
The Awl's got an interview with Brian McGreevy, author of Hemlock Grove, a new book from the FSG Originals series. Pro tip: don't look that eerily intense headshot directly in the eyes unless you want him to climb into your soul and crawl around in there doing weird stuff.
Hey look, it's UNH's own Charles Simic on the NYRB blog. Let's hear it for the home team!
You probably heard by now that they didn't award a Pulitzer Prize in fiction this year. It's the first time this has happened since they decided not to give it to Gravity's Rainbow in 1977. Good going on that one, boneheads. Here's the complete list of 2012 winners that includes Tracy K. Smith for poetry, John Lewis Gaddis for biography, and Stephen Greenblatt for nonfiction.
Hey Ladies!* They announced the shortlist for the 2012 Orange Prize. It includes Cynthia Ozick, Ann Enright, and Ann Patchett, among others.
*How much do you wish the Beastie Boys announced the Orange Prize shortlist? The hardest you have ever wished for anything? Yeah me too, friend, me too.
Here's two books to read to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic going down. I mean, if you have time between doing that "I'm flying" thing on the front of a boat and polishing your replica of the Heart of the Ocean and floating around on a broken door that only seats one.
One more thing from the Times. Here's an interview with the always charming David Sedaris. Excerpt: "I'm horrible at meeting people I admire, but if I could go back in time, I'd love to collect kindling or iron a few shirts for Flannery O'Connor. After I'd finished, she'd offer to pay me, and I'd say, awe-struck, my voice high and quivering, that it was on me." Haha kindling! Sedaris is great.
Pop quiz! Are these Edith Wharton quotes or reviews of that new TV show Girls?