Wednesday, October 27, 2010

When can I buy Joan Holloway's memoirs?

1. If you watched Mad Men this season, then you know Roger Sterling wrote his memoirs.

It turns out these memoirs are real (even if the person who wrote them isn’t) and will be published by Grove/Atlantic.

How does one qualify this? Memoir? Novel? Cash in?

Regardless, Sterling’s Gold does not top the meta-memoir trilogy penned by Barney Stinson: The Playbook; Bro on the Go; and The Bro Code.

Those were legend — wait for it —

2. Professor Kathryn Sutherland of Oxford University said that some of Jane Austen’s trademark pristine prose may be from the hand of her editor. Sutherland studied more than 1,100 handwritten documents from Austen and concluded that she had “a powerful counter-grammatical way of writing” and “the polished punctuation and epigrammatic style we see in Emma and Persuasion is simply not there.”

Sutherland attributes the style difference to editor William Gifford, who worked with Austen’s publisher.

Then again, sometimes, things look different on the second or third draft. And I’m not sure it’s that big of a deal that Austen had an editor. Who doesn’t?

3. Speaking of Austen, Salon speculated on how classic literary characters would react to current technology. They concluded that Emma would love her some Facebook.

Can anyone doubt that if Holden Caulfield were around today he’d have a blog? He practically invented the blog, five decades before the things existed! As for James Joyce’s Stephen Dedalus: He’d have a Tumblr.

4. Danny Devito will voice the Lorax in a movie based on Dr. Seuss’s book.

It will also star Zac Efron, Betty White and Ed Helms as the Once-Ler. No word on who will play the Swany Swans.

5. dary.

-Jason Lea,

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