Mix Tape: “Be relentless. All over the world, people are working harder than you.”

Maggie Smith
July 5, 2012
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Thanks to Sarah Manguso, for this and other advice to young writers, including this bit on socializing: “Don’t go to events; go to the receptions after the events. If possible, skip the receptions and go to the afterparties, where you can have a real conversation with someone.”

Speaking of youth…this is what happens when publishers redesign classic novels with “that Urban Outfitters customer in mind.”

Frank Louderback, a Florida attorney, asked U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday for time off from a murder trial so that he could compete in this month’s Hemingway look-alike contest in the Florida Keys. Read the judge’s response, which quotes Hemingway himself, here.

Do you save old drafts and notes (what, as a poet, I sometimes refer to as “orphan lines”) or purge them? And what does your choice reveal about you?

Respected critic Ruth Franklin wrote an open letter to the editors of Bookforum. The gist: I’ll still accept assignments from you, but what’s with the absence of women on the editorial staff?

A Salman Rushdie video game—“The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of his Verdict”—was recently unveiled in Tehran. That’s right: Soon gamers will be able to carry out the fatwa on a virtual Rushdie.

They’ll leave the light on for you…but you might find something unexpected in the nightstand drawer.

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