Wednesday August 19th, 2009

In the Ether

1959-tur-aydin-yayinevi-istanbulHere are about a billion cover designs for Lolita from around the world. At least one blogger finds that “many of them are merely absurd, or banal or a laughable combination of both.” So this same blogger is running a contest, offering $350 for the best cover design for the novel. . . . Carlene Bauer “offer[s] up a multimedia sampling of what an average Christian kid consumed in the days before the Left Behind novels and the Fray.” And at Paper Cuts, she writes of a “recovering evangelical’s hymnbook,” which includes U2, the Replacements and Iggy Pop. . . . To quote Liz Lemon, “I want to go to there.” . . . Veteran lit blog The Millions has undergone a redesign. The site’s editor, C. Max Magee, explains. . . . The Collagist has republished a short story by Gordon Lish. . . . Not too long ago, a friend recommended Richard Poirier’s Poetry and Pragmatism, which I put on my to-read list. Poirier has passed away at the age of 83.