October 2, 2014

The American Scholar has started a list of bad opening lines of novels—Richard Powers’s opening of Galatea 2.2, to take one example: “It was like so, but wasn’t.”

Two new funders of Reddit, according to a list the website recently released: Jared Leto and Snoop Dogg.

People are betting on who will win the Nobel Prize for literature, which should be announced next week. Ladbrokes has predicted the winner four times in nine years (not super confidence-inducing); this year, they have five-to-one odds on Haruki Murakami and twelve-to-one odds on Joyce Carol Oates. Don Delillo and Richard Ford come in at thirty-three-to-one.

The New York Times plans to cut a hundred newsroom positions and eliminate the mobile app NYT Opinion.

Marilynne Robinson

Marilynne Robinson

The editor in chief of the London Review of Books, Mary-Kay Wilmers, remembers the late Karl Miller, a founding editor, whom she met in the 1960s: “He was a charismatic figure, tall, fair, slim, nattily dressed, flirtatious and a little wayward – a head-spinner. But severe too. You minded your words and that was part of the attraction.”

At the New Yorker, Joan Acocella reviews Marilynne Robinson’s new novel, Lila. “Robinson writes about religion two ways. One is meliorist, reformist. The other is rapturous, visionary. Many people have been good at the first kind; few at the second kind, at least today.” Michelle Orange reviewed the book for us in our latest issue.

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