Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sunday Lit 091408

David Foster Wallace, Writer, Is Found Dead By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS
David Foster Wallace, whose darkly ironic novels, essays and short stories garnered him a large following and made him one of the most influential writers of his generation, was found dead in his California home on Friday, after apparently committing suicide, the authorities said.

Rex Libris by James Turner
We have few badass librarian stories. Joss Whedon gave us Rupert Giles, who can swing a sword as well as shelve a tome. Kelly Link introduced us to Fox, the gorgeous and similarly sword-wielding librarian in the story "Magic for Beginners."

Selected Shorts Podcast 01/20/08 (rss feed --subscribe then download episode 01/20/08)
"The Red Fox Fur Coat" in Portuguese writer Teolinda Gersao's intriguing tale, has unexpected properties, bringing out the inner beast in a humble bank clerk.

If "The Red Fox Fur Coat" is about turning into an animal, what happens if you're already raised as one? "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves," by Karen Russell, charts the heartbreaking course from carefree werewolves, to upright citizens of the world. (This story is also in the Best American Short Stories 2007)

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