Smart Reads: Will Self, Kafka’s Wound, and Misquotation


Smart Reads: Will Self, Kafka’s Wound, and Misquotation


Today in culture: Helen Gurley Brown is missed (and dissed?), Issa Rae interviews her alter ego, and Will Self writes a digital essay.

-The first filmed adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, brought to you by Edison Studios in 1910.

Issa Rae interviews J, her character on “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl”.

The Odyssey and other greek lore illustrated by the early 20th-century artist Willy Pogany.

-What is “Kafka’s Wound”, you ask? Why, simply a multimedia experience (or “digital essay”) created by Will Self in the service of god knows what. Summarily: it’s amazing.

-The unnatural lifespan of misquotations.

-Joyce Carol Oates graces the pages of T Magazine: “It seems disingenuous to ask a writer why she, or he, is writing about a violent subject when the world and history are filled with violence. But I’m sure my friends get the same kinds of questions, too…Edmund White is probably asked why he writes about his love affairs.”

Elvis Lit: more or less ubiquitous than Marilyn Lit? So many dead white people, so little time to write fiction about them. Sigh.

-Equador loves Julian Assange and wants to have his babies (who could blame it).

-Naomi Wolf exposes the horrifying truth about the all-seeing, all-knowing, all credit card-accepting eye of surveillance technology. Big brother is real.

-Judith Thurman on Helen Gurley Brown: “Brown didn’t understand sexual harassment: a man’s advances, even unwanted, were, in her view, a form of flattery.”