These days it seems that would-be "artists" would rather publish a raunchy, jokey werewolf series in installments than set down with pen in hand for a serious examination of the human condition. And a new work called
“Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry" seeks to shake up the form a little more. The work appears to be an auction catalog but is, in fact, "a literary conceit: What this book-type object really does is show us the trajectory of a failed four-year relationship — by showing us the physical detritus that two (fictional) lovers leave in their wake" (Amazon).
Chip: "I seriously doubt that ever again will anyone publish a work as good and true as, oh, let's say My Antonia. I mean look at Time magazine's newest list of the 100 Greatest Novels. Watchmen is on there, for goodness sake! It's a comic book, people. A comic book."
Richard: "Myself, I totally look forward to teaching 'Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry' in my consumer culture course."
Ian McEwan, novelist: "When women stop reading, the novel will be dead." (New York Times Magazine).
The fame of young Judson King, local hedgehog enthusiast, keeps growing. On March 9, a crew from the Colbert Report is slated to roll into town for an interview with him and Mayor Mike Dever.
Richard: "Sure, I'm a little sad that I've been satirizing Larryville for years now and Colbert is going to swoop in and get the credit for exposing our silliness! But if it has to be anyone else, I'm glad it's Colbert!"