Demand the Hurston-Hughes Road Trip Movie We All Deserve: A Links Round-Up

Happy Friday, everyone!

How to cull your books: The Awl guide. Let me tell you my method, team. Take all the books. Line them up on the floor, right to left, by how much you love them. Then draw a line somewhere in the middle of that long line of books and cull everything to the left of your line. Boom. Done.

More on fan entitlement (and a bit of side-eye for Steven Moffat, which I am never not here for) from The Mary Sue. I’m really digging Maddie Myers’s work on The Mary Sue these days, y’all! Go follow her on Twitter, I like where her head’s at.

Speaking of things I’m never not here for, Jonathan Franzen gave an interview to Slate and it’s everything I could have asked. He has never been in love with a black woman and he suspects poors don’t like him because he enunciates and wears glasses. What a great world.

Mm, Elizabeth Minkel gets real on why she doesn’t believe that The Cursed Child is fanfic.

Holy crap, y’all, Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes went on a road trip one time. They had funsies. Let’s turn that into a movie.

Aaron Sorkin’s online screenwriting class is everything you want it to be. Ben Lindbergh reports for The Ringer.

Matt Zoller Seitz on the decline of the serialized TV drama.

Why Twitter attracts trolls.

Diversity in book publishing. The last two years have seen a marked increase in books by POC authors, but the staff of the publishing industry remains overwhelmingly white.

Being stuck without a book is the worst. I believe we can all agree on that. When was the last time you needed a book and didn’t have one?

11 thoughts on “Demand the Hurston-Hughes Road Trip Movie We All Deserve: A Links Round-Up”

  1. OHemgee that Franzen interview. I am positive that he should never never ever write about race. And he’s so contradictory all in one interview it makes me head spin. Fun stuff.

  2. I love your linky posts. I learn SO much. You are an influencer! I especially liked the Hurston Hughes article.

  3. Gotta say, your book culling method is seriously scary. Are you that ruthless in real life?! But then, I don’t have any books on my shelves that I feel remotely “meh” about, so maybe I’m just more ruthless about bringing books home in the first place. (My kindle, on the other hand … but you don’t ever have to cull a Kindle, do you!)

  4. High school edgelord me thought Franzen was really cool: I liked his essays (and I think his “How to Be Alone” collection would still hold up on a reread, though I haven’t done that yet) and I liked that he took the piss out of Oprah’s book club. Then I read The Corrections and, while I’m sure everything else was wrong with it, even like college freshman me thought the ending was a hackneyed deus ex machina. And then either he became more of an asshole or I became less of an edgelord, because today…guh.

  5. I have never been able to understand why *anyone* would want to be in a relationship with Sherlock. He’s a massive pile of arrogance. That’s my sticking point with ‘Sherlock’s grandchildren’ stories too. Who could he possibly persuade to marry him? Nope. I’d rather date *Howl* for pete’s sake.

  6. I like your method of culling books in theory, but in practice I think taking mine off the shelf and ruining the alphabetical order would drive me nuts! I did pull them off when I did a “Marie Kondo” while ago, but kept the order while I was doing it 🙂

  7. I have a question, is Jonathan Franzen a giant douchebag who writes great books? Also, have you read The Cursed Child and what are your thoughts?

  8. Count me in for the kickstarter/ petition whatever to get the Hurston-Hughes road trip movie! Thanks for letting me know about this fascinating piece of literary history.

  9. Do yo do these link round-ups every Friday? If so, I’ll be sure to visit every time because you read some of the best stuff online. At least for what appeals to my interest.
    The NRP article was a great read, but man, the comments section was a messs.

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