The first time Helen DeWitt disappeared was in 2000.
Her debut novel, The Last Samurai, was on the verge of becoming a publishing sensation. It would eventually sell more than 100,000 copies in English and be translated into 20 languages. People told Ms. DeWitt she was a star. Tina Brown, the owner of Talk Miramax Read More
n+1 editor Nikil Saval has sold a history of the office to Doubleday in a “significant deal,” or low- to mid-six figures, in Publisher’s Marketplace speak.
Acquiring editor Gerry Howard edited James Wolcott’s recent memoir and was an early champion of David Foster Wallace.
The agent, Edward Orloff at Read More
Brooklyn literary journal N+1 has brokered a personal ads swap with The New York Review of Books.
The partnership is something of a May-December affair. The New York Review of Books classifieds are a longstanding institution of eccentric and eloquent lonely hearts, and N+1, a newcomer on the personals scene, has quickly become Read More
Todd Gitlin, former president of SDS and a professor of social history at Columbia University, will write a book called Liberty Square, to be published by HarperCollins imprint It Books. The announcement posted yesterday on Publishers Marketplace describes it as “a look at the Occupy movement at its pivotal moment, as it weighs its unexpected power and grapples with its future mission.”
Occupy Wall Street
Following the success of the Occupy Wall Street Journal, the literary magazine n+1 has started fundraising on Kickstarter for an Occupy Wall Street-inspired gazette. Here is the description:
With the help of Astra Taylor (Examined Life; Zizek!) and Sarah Leonard of Dissent, we’ve put together a history, both personal and documentary, and the beginning Read More
A lengthy analysis of novelist Tao Lin’s career was published yesterday in Eye, the Columbia Spectator’s weekend magazine. The author, Kaitlin Phillips, is a n+1 intern and the author of the @nplusinterns. She also contributed to @tao_lininterns.
The 4,617-word piece–which touches on Mr. Lin’s college years, early professional struggles, and shrewd online self-promotion–reflects Read More
What was most remarkable about Chad Harbach’s book party at the Brooklyn Brewery last night was the bonhomie. An agent pointed it out to The Observer as we stood around the indoor picnic tables drinking lager from plastic cups: it helps that Mr. Harbach is a nice guy from the Midwest (there was a lot of Midwestern pride in the room last night), but it makes everybody in publishing happy when a work of literary fiction by a talented first-time novelist not only gets a big advance but also sells well. For all of publishing’s sometime dysfunction, something actually worked.
“We live in an age of some really great blow-job artists,” begins the fiction piece in the latest issue of the literary journal n+1. “Every era has its art form. The nineteenth century, I know, was tops for the novel.”
The narrator is a female playwright obsessed with becoming a world-renowned genius. It’s still a Read More
“I looked around the quickly filling room. Of the fifty or so people, most were middle-aged white males. It occurred to me that a) I had never met a woman who said she loved Thomas Pynchon and that b) while not a virgin, I was, at the age of 36, very far from married. I Read More
They are A Changin'
From an n+1 post today on the future of reading:
I think probably people’s fears about the intellectual effects of TV and even the railroads were justified enough: TV would cause you to zone out and the railroad journey would mean you didn’t notice the same things about the countryside that Goethe did Read More