At The Millions, Craig Fehrman presents the history of authors on the cover of Time magazine, in honor of Jonathan Franzen’s appearance this week. It does seem like a (very broad) argument for the decline of the author in pop culture: Just five have been on the cover since Bill Clinton took office. You’ve got to hand it to Time, though — more than three years before Miami Vice premiered, they had John Irving doing a pretty decent Sonny Crockett impersonation. . . . If you think a better title for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein would have been A Zombie Learns French, then this site is for you. . . . Lewis Lapham gets big points for this: “I’m extremely fond of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. I love Car Talk.” . . . This 2007 piece about writers and the fonts they love is making the rounds again. (Caleb Crain: “My goal has always been a legible font with a neutral personality, as appropriate to flower arranging as to triple homicides.”) Several prefer Courier or Courier New. I’m a Georgia guy myself these days. . . . A snazzy proposed cover for the screenplay of Reservoir Dogs. . . . If you’re in New York and looking something to do on Friday night, the online literary journal Open Letters will have a reading at Housing Works to celebrate the recent publication of an anthology of the site’s writing.
Tuesday August 17th, 2010