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Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Vowell’

How to Make a Book Trailer with Your Phone

Sometimes all you need for a book trailer is a telephone. For his new set of book trailers, author Shalom Auslander recorded dark and absurd phone calls with his friends.

To support his new novel, Hope: A Tragedy, Auslander staged strange conversations with Ira Glass (embedded above), John Hodgman and Sarah Vowell. What do you think of the series?

Here’s more about the book: “Hope: A Tragedy is a hilarious and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit. It is a comic and compelling story of the hopeless longing to be free of those pasts which haunt our every present.”

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How Would You Merchandise Your Favorite Book?

fear&loathing.jpgA couple weeks ago we wrote about one company’s efforts to create merchandise to sell alongside the adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s memoir, Eat, Pray, Love.

The Europe on Five Bad Ideas a Day blog took the idea and ran with it, creating some hilarious concepts for literary tie-ins: “The Innocents Abroad (Mark Twain): cigars, random bones of random saints. Assassination Vacation (Sarah Vowell): replica of Ford’s Theater, grassy knoll, wind-up toy of singing-dancing assassin. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson): um, nothing that would be legal to sell.”

Add your capitalistic ideas in the comments section. This GalleyCat editor only has one piece of merchandise to add: H.P. Lovecraft-inspired Cthulhu Sushi…

Behind the Scenes at the NYT Book Review

9780743578196.jpgAs you shuffle home from a long day surfing the literary Internets, here are a few publishing links to ponder…

NY Times Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus interviewed at Oxford American: “The most unexpected dimension of my job has been the online component.”

Jezebel takes a look at a cute moment between author Sarah Vowell and Jon Stewart.

Having a hard time balancing your day-job and writing life? The Millions has a heartfelt essay about the struggle.

Finally, a NSFW Electric Literature video animates a single sentence by Diana Wagman.