March 21, 2014

John Lefevre

John Lefevre

Last month, Simon & Schuster canceled its six-figure book contract with writer John Lefevre after it was revealed that Lefevre, who was writing an insider’s account of the financial industry titled Straight to Hell, did not work at Goldman Sachs, as his popular Twitter account had claimed. But Lefevre’s book has proven to be more durable than his credibility. According to publisher Morgan Entrenkin, Grove Press has purchased Straight to Hell, and will publish it in November 2014.

“Lorem Ipsum,” the paragraph of nonsense Latin used since the 16th century as dummy text, was designed “to have the look of text but no meaning.” And yet it can be translated, to weird and beautiful result: “Rrow itself, let it be sorrow; let him love it; let him pursue it, ishing for its acquisitiendum.”

San Francisco’s Marcus Books, which describes itself as the nation’s “oldest Black bookstore,” may soon be forced to close. To help them keep their doors open, donate here.

At New York’s Schomburg Center, Zadie Smith and Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie discuss postcolonial literature.

To celebrate Twitter’s birthday, Flavorpill embarrasses twenty-five writers—including Judy Blume, Gary Shteyngart, and Fiona Maazel—by exhuming their first tweets.

W.H. Auden often “went out of his way to seem selfish while doing something selfless.” Edward Mendelson on Auden’s “secret life” as a generous person.

Chronicle Books thinks your Tumblr ought to be a book. So does Tumblr. Does anyone else?

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