Ah, the end of Summer. May the mosquitoes of the Northern Hemisphere die a cold, unmourned death as fall weather makes their habitat inhospitable.
Human literary award winning machine Cormac McCarthy has added another award to his increasingly full closet. This time it’s UK’s oldest literary prize the James Tait Black Memorial for THE ROAD. How long before we find out that Cormac McCarthy’s body has been magnetized by a rogue scientist to emit a special frequency that attracts prestigious literary awards? Not long, people. Not long.
Thanks to Jonathan Lyons for linking to an incredible article in Publishers Weekly by Sterling Lord, who writes about how he stuck with a young author named Jack Kerouac as he shopped the manuscript for ON THE ROAD for four years. FOUR YEARS!! Oh, and I don’t want to give away anything, but it all turned out ok in the end.
New Yorker writer and author Pete Hamill opened up his TV Guide the other day and thought, “Hmm… now that sounds familiar.” And he wasn’t talking about Kid Nation. According to the Washington Post, the new Fox show “New Amsterdam” bears some, well, “odd” resemblance to Hamill’s fantastic book (I can vouch for this one meself) FOREVER. One is about a man who was killed centuries ago but is now immortal in New York… and the other is about a man who was killed centuries ago but is now immortal in New York. (I’ll leave it to you to figure out which is which.) For his part, Pete Hamill is being an exceedingly good sport, telling the Post, “To try and prove anything about this would take thousands and thousands of dollars, which I’d rather spend on my grandson,” Hamill said. “You’ve gotta laugh.” Wow. Let’s just say if a TV show appears about a literary agent who blogs about bad reality TV shows, there would be only one word to describe me: litigious. Also flattered. And confused.
And finally, in other news-via-GalleyCat, MTV has named its first poet laureate: John Ashbery. Well. With all due respect to Mr. Ashbery, who has had a long career filled with many awards chosen by some very smart people, including a Pulitzer, I’m completely shocked that MTV did not choose me. Who is better qualified to write haikus about The Hills than I am??
Sitting at the beach
Audrina, Justin Bobby
Capt. Cook wants his hair back
Jason and Spencer
Justin Bobby and Brody
Wise choices, ladies
Rolling up on Lauren
Former besties in drunken fight
“You know what you did.”
Oh, Whitney, Whitney
You’re way too normal for this
That’s why we like you
Have a great weekend! (and please share your The Hills haikus in the comments section!)