Every Friday, Chicago-based writer and editor Evan Peterson offers five stories from across the Web that scribes of all stripes should check out. It’s the Week in Writing:
New York Times editor and book character trade emails.
In a piece for Salon.com (“Thank you for killing my novel”), author Patrick Somerville tells a story about the rough New York Times
review of his latest novel “This Bright River.” (“I … went past my wife and the computer and directly toward the alcohol.”) Turns out, reviewer Janet Maslin screwed up. She confused two of the characters in the book, which led to her misreading of the book. What happened next is even more bizarre: A Times
editor emailed the book’s main character—Somerville had set up the account in his name—to discuss the error. They exchanged 38 emails, and Somerville remained in character the whole time. Read his account here
The 50 books every African-American should read.
On the heels of the 88 books that helped shape America
, Huffington Post BlackVoices
compiled this list of must-reads for African-Americas. Read the full list here
“Fifty Shades of Grey” hotels and packages.
This title is not among the 50 books every African-American should read, but it is one of the nation’s most widely read this summer among PR Daily readers
. And now fans of the book can take “Fifty Shades” vacations. Read more here
“A Farewell to Arms” with all 39 alternate endings.
Ernest Hemingway wrote dozens of possible endings for his enduring World War I book, and next week you’ll be able to read all of them when a new edition of the novel is released. Read more about the new edition here
And finally, some Schadenfreude.
Pop singer Miley Cyrus offered this, ahem
, inspiring tweet to her followers on Thursday. Have a lovely weekend.
Evan Peterson is off this week. Michael Sebastian, managing editor of PR Daily, is doing his best to fill in.