Thursday Morning LitLinks


It seems to be Ladies’ Day in the industry…

For the first time ever, all five Costa awards go to women. (The Telegraph)

Lots of cussing in women’s magazines these days… (The New York Times)

Here are 20 books that are must-reads for twenty-something women. (Flavorwire)

In other news…

Pulitzer-winning author, Lawrence Wright, talks Scientology with (The New York Times)

Michael Bourne resolves to read fewer books in the new year. (The Millions)

The Paris Review speculates on what some famous writerly thumbs might compose while drinking and texting. (The Paris Review)

John Steinbeck’s 1962 Nobel Prize falls under scrutiny. (The Guardian)

Barnes & Noble reports a drop of more than 10% in holiday sales. (GalleyCat)

H.P. Lovecraft’s advice on writing is thorough and heavy on the mechanics. (Biblioklept)

“On this day in 1923 Jaroslav Hasek died, aged thirty-nine. Like Franz Kafka, his contemporary – both were born in 1883, and Kafka died at forty – Hasek lived in Prague and wrote of an absurdist nightmare, but the parallel doesn’t go much further. Hasek was poorly educated, nomadic, unemployable, a practical joker happiest in a crowd or spotlight, and his father was the farthest thing from omnipresent. Nor did they write similarly: The Good Soldier Svejk, the satiric WWI novel that made Hasek famous, is rollicking and episodic…” (Today In Literature)


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