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Flaubert Is the Center of the Universe, Apparently

Newly anointed Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa wrote a book-length study of Flaubert called The Perpetual Orgy. (Great title, huh?) He also based The Bad Girl on Madame Bovary.

Speaking of Bovary, Lydia Davis just completed a new translation; New York magazine has a great behind-the-scenes on the project. Oh, and The Paris Review published a few Davis stories written in Flaubert’s voice.

And then there’s today’s revelation in Galleycat that Marilyn Monroe kept Bovary on her bookshelf.

I fully expect to learn tomorrow that Liu Xiaobo’s only possession in his cell is an old Penguin Classics version of MB.

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Is It Propaganda If You Believe?

Issue #3 of Work in Progress is alive, well, and ambling about online. I’m especially pleased with this one, as I got to ask my friend Westin to contribute. Some know him as the drummer for The Thermals, or the creative force behind The Reformation. I know him as my old Seattle drinking buddy. We tossed a few ideas back and forth over email, and settled on pairing novels and records of unique affinity. Check ’em out, and let him know in the comments if you agree or not.

And because it’s awesome, here’s The Thermals’ new music video:

MORE: the incredibly brilliant Dan Bejar graciously answered my questions and forced interpretations of his lyrics; Rivka Galchen prods Chris Adrian for info about his next novel, coming out in 2011; Paris Review editor Lorin Stein looks back at Nobel laureate I.B. Singer on the occasion of The Magician of Lublin‘s 50th anniversary; and Lydia Davis reads new work at our most recent event at the Russian Samovar. The first story in the video is flat out funny, and will make you wish you thought of the conceit first:

Basically, all good stuff. Hope you enjoy it.

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