Lazy Scrabble Players, Here’s Your Book - New York Times
Norton is proud to welcome Stephin Merritt, the man who brought you 69 Love Songs, to our roster with 101 Two-Letter Words, his new book about two-letter words with illustrations by Roz Chast, staff cartoonist for The New Yorker. Check out the New York Times mention above for more details about Merritt’s first book.
In Stores October 2014.
BLAKE BAILEY — ON TOUR FOR THE SPLENDID THINGS WE PLANNED
"A sleek, dramatic, authentically lurid story fueled by a candid fraternal rivalry."—Janet Maslin, New York Times
3/4 — Washington DC — Politics & Prose, with Elliott Holt
3/6 — New York City — McNally Jackson, with Darin Strauss
3/12 — Oklahoma City — Full Circle Books
3/14 — Tulsa — Book Smart, Circle Cinema
3/22 — New Orleans — Tennessee Williams Festival: “Whose Life Is It Anyway?" with Thomas Beller, Rich Cohen, and Nigel Hamilton
5/22 — Seattle — Hugo House, with Tom Nissley
Now, sometimes, you do have executives willing to say, “Look, we can’t do things constitutionally because I have a lot of power here.” There’s the amazing moment when Dick Cheney said—and I cite this in the book—on a television program, in response to questions about torture in the Bush administration and Guantanamo, instead of saying, “You’re over-estimating executive power,” says, “You guys are not thinking clearly. What we did is nothing compared to the power the president has. Day and night, he’s being followed around with a nuclear briefcase. Don’t deceive yourself. His power is far beyond what you imagine.”
We seldom have people talking so candidly, and when they do, we think, “Oh that’s just a bizarre stylistic feature of Dick Cheney.” That’s not a bizarre feature; that’s a candid statement of fact.
Read the (terrifying) American Reader interview with Elaine Scarry. Her book Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom is in stores now.
Harold Ramis, who died this week at the age of 69, on making Caddyshack. Read an excerpt from Ellin Stein’s history of the National Lampoon, That’s Not Funny That’s Sick to see how Ramis made Caddyshack.
Kurt Timmermeister, author of Growing a Feast, was on the Leonard Lopate show today.
Listen to him explain how he went from knowing “probably nothing” about farming to growing one meal.
"All of my characters are lonely because life is lonely."
Last night Molly Antopol talked to Justin Torres about The UnAmericans at Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn. Read the English Kills Review write-up of their conversation.
If you missed it, fear not: Antopol reads tonight at McNally Jackson.
Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
in their spandex regalia parade the Vegas suburbs,
among spider cottoned smoke trees and foreclosed one-tracts,
half-full whirlpools spiraling a confetti
of limbless G.I. Joes; the sun is at high lament, and Mountain
Fiji is barefoot, and cuts her toe on a Sudafed foil.
—Cathy Park Hong has a poem in the new T Magazine with art by Aaron Curry. Read the whole thing.