Friday, December 6 Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer for "A Thousand Acres," a book that reworked Shakespeare's "King Lear" as the story of an aging farmer who divides his land among three daughters: Ginny, Rose and Caroline. These names parallel …Read more. Thursday, December 5 Norm MacDonald anchored the fake news on "Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update." But his brother, Neil, actually is a reporter in Canada, and is currently the Washington, D.C., correspondent for The National, the flagship news program on …Read more. Wednesday, December 4 There's a Guns N' Roses album called The Spaghetti Incident? (That question mark is part of the title: long story.) On that album is a bonus track called "Look at Your Game, Girl." And that song is by mass murderer Charles Manson. The …Read more. Tuesday, December 3 The Kennedy family thought Joe Junior would be their president, until he died during WWII. Likewise, the Bush family expected Jeb Bush to become president, not George W. But in 1994, Jeb lost his first run to be governor of Florida. And W. won in …Read more.more articles
Wednesday, August 21
Thomas Pynchon doesn't play well with others. When he won the National Book Award in 1974 for "Gravity's Rainbow," he sent a comedian to accept the prize in his place. When Laurie Anderson wanted to turn the book into an opera, Pynchon would only give permission if Anderson used no other musical instrument except the banjo. That was probably a "no." The Pulitzer people, meanwhile, overturned their own jury's decision, refusing to give him the prize.
Infinite Summer was a 2009 project in which people swore to each other that they'd actually read all half-million words of "Infinite Jest." Who was that book by?
A) Edgar Rice Burroughs
B) Conor Cruise O'Brien
C) John Kennedy Toole
D) David Foster Wallace
Previous answer: Frankenstein's real name is actually Adam.
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