Wednesday News: More controversy for Lena Dunham, exercising your speed reading skills, Elena Ferrante on writing and storytelling, and Cora Buhlert on romance in SFF
Random House, for example, told Minc and some reporters Monday that the person many in the press have presumed was Barry the rapist is, in fact, not the person Dunham describes.
“We are offering to pay the fees Mr. Minc has billed his client to date,” Random House said, in part, according to Minc.
“I don’t know if that will be good enough for my client. Ideally, we were looking for something from Miss Dunham,” Minc said. “We were also looking for an edit to be made to the book, and it’s my understanding that they are going to comply with that — to note that the name ‘Barry’ is a pseudonym. They have given me an indication that that is happening imminently.” –Hollywood Reporter
It’s also a capable fitness tracker that records your daily steps and activity levels and syncs the data with Apple Health and Google Fit. Sweetening the deal is a battery that can run for over five days on a single charge – a lot more than the upcoming Apple Watch or the already available Moto 360. –The Next Web
Q. Where do you see yourself in the Italian literary tradition?
A. I’m a storyteller. I’ve always been more interested in storytelling than in writing. Even today, Italy has a weak narrative tradition. Beautiful, magnificent, very carefully crafted pages abound, but not the flow of storytelling that despite its density manages to sweep you away. A bewitching example is Elsa Morante. I try to learn from her books, but I find them unsurpassable. –The New York Times
And indeed accusations of “This isn’t SFF” often broil down to “This story contains more emotion than I’m comfortable with”, since for some reason no one ever accuses stories about characters standing around in an SFF landscape and endlessly philosophizing about something or other of being “not SFF”. But if there’s a story that deals with relationships and emotions, even if the context is clearly speculative, then suddenly that story is accused of being not speculative enough. Bonus points if the author and/or POV characters are something other than straight white cis- and heterosexual men. –Cora Buhlert