April 23, 2014

Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn took to Reddit on Tuesday for an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”), reassuring fans that the Gone Girl screenplay will not stray too far from the novel. Flavorwire compiled a list of things they learned from the Q&A, including Flynn’s reading list, the process behind the “cool girl” speech, and why she is okay with unlikeable characters: “I think you can forgive a lot if a person makes you laugh (even if you know you shouldn’t be laughing).”

Speaking of adaptations, relatives of David Foster Wallace say they do not endorse the upcoming movie The End of the Tour, which is based on David Lipsky’s 2010 book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace. The estate says they want Wallace to be “remembered for his extraordinary writing.” In the movie, Jason Segel will play Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg will be Lipsky.

Author and illustrator Jonathan Emmett told the Times of London that he believes boys “are being deterred from reading because the ‘gatekeepers’ to children’s literature are mostly women.” He said women editors don’t include violent narrative elements that keep boys interested in books—for example, battling pirate ships.

Thomas Piketty’s 700-page book about the state of modern capitalism, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, is number one on Amazon. Piketty has recently been called a “rock star” by New York magazine, the New York Times, and the New Republic. Read Doug Henwood’s review of Piketty in Bookforum.

Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky has been detained in Ukraine by pro-Russia separatists.

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