• The Paris Review brings you another gallery of literary paint chips. We’re partial to “Havisham’s Complexion.”
• In a ferocious response to a culture of chemical pesticides on farms, Mother Nature is now spawning superweeds, resistant to said pesticides.
• Tina Fey fans, tread with caution: “The Unfuckables” delves deep into Fey’s “shame-based version of ‘Ladies, you’re better than that’ feminism.”
• Hey, here’s a wall made entirely out of a single soap bubble.
• A photo gallery of very serious writers in very wacky poses.
• Do Republicans really want to champion a bully?
We’re barely into the New Year and already writers are engaging in some sparkling discourse. An example: As 2011 closed out, Lev Grossman told us in Time about seven books he was looking forward to reading this year. Without missing a beat, PANK editor/Ayiti scribe Roxane Gay took to the The Rumpus to address the unaddressed—that in his list, Grossman omitted work by writers who weren’t white men. Her argument is poised, clipped, and sharp, but the real chemistry crackles in the comments section of the piece where Grossman responds.
Over at The Millions, Madison Smartt Bell offered a gimlet-eyed glimpse into Old New York one that contrasts sharply with Jen Doll‘s “How To Be a New Yorker” that ran in The Village Voice last November. For Bell, New York is an idyll; for Doll, the same city is a blizzard of stimuli with little poetry to guide its madness.
Speaking of little poetry to guide any madness, we would be remiss if we didn’t tell you about Miles Klee‘s debut novel Ivyland being available for purchase. Klee was one of the four readers who read at our holiday jamboree last December.
The Poetry Foundation’s Janaka Stucky outlines how indie publishers can survive in the age of Amazon.
Oh, yes! All things costumed and chameleoned: Emily Asher-Perrin has some brilliant words to say about David Bowie’s transformations over at TOR.
And sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. ModCloth has handpicked a few indie publishers who are packing a little innovation into every title they issue. Featured publishers include Dancing Girl Press and Birds of Lace.