• Literary Thanksgiving 1921 Major spam attack this morning on The Literary Man. We apologize for the annoying nature of the “Shuweetttt I’m Getting Paidddd Awesome!” spam  post. We’ve deleted it, and in it’s place, would like to begin the Thanksgiving week with the most disturbingly wholesome magazine cover we’ve seen yet… Norman Rockwell’s 1921 illustration of a happy couple with […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments November 19, 2012
  • Mario Vargas Llosa Talks Trash About Sartre, Calls Faulkner “The Man” On Monday night, Team Literary Man was generously invited to sit and listen to the great Mario Vargas Llosa hold court at the Americas Society and dish deep on the World Republic of Letters. What a treat, dear readers, to sit in an elegant, chandeliered oak-walled library and listen to Edith Grossman, Mario’s translator, ask […] Literary Man 0 Comments November 14, 2012
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald on the World Series “Who is he anyhow, an actor?” “No.” “A dentist?” “…No, he’s a gambler.” Gatsby hesitated, then added cooly: “He’s the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919.” “Fixed the World Series?” I repeated. The idea staggered me. I remembered, of course, that the World Series had been fixed in 1919, but if I […] Literary Man 0 Comments October 24, 2012
  • Hemingway Talks of Children, Baseball, and Death It’s crunch time for baseball, and we couldn’t help but smile as we read this letter from Hemingway to Peter Viertel, the director of the film adaptation of The Old Man and the Sea in which he talks of his children, betting on baseball at the ball park, and death. Thanks to Bauman Rare Books for sharing: Verbal Vixen 0 Comments October 17, 2012
  • Faulkner’s Hot Toddy Cures Everything And now, only a day after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s birthday, we celebrate the birth date of another great American writer, William Faulkner. To celebrate, toss back a few mint juleps as we’re sure Faulkner himself would have done. Thanks to Maud Newton’s blog, we’ve also learned the recipe for his hot toddy, which, according to Ms. […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments September 25, 2012
  • Happy Birthday F. Scott Fitzgerald! Happy birthday to Mr. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, who today would be celebrating his one hundred sixteenth birthday. Next time you’re in Washington, DC, pack up a few martinis and head to Rockville, MD, where you can find the burial site of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald who are laid to rest at the Old St. Mary’s Catholic […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments September 24, 2012
  • 30 Literary Works to Read Before You Turn 30 I have always been a voracious reader. Even as a toddler, I would insist on my parents reading practically every book on the shelf before bedtime. I loved “reading” THE BERENSTAIN BEARS and LITTLE MISS CHATTERBOX to my dolls and stuffed animals. Books transformed me to a new place, introduced me to new ideas and experiences, […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments September 21, 2012
  • Are Drunken Pirates Literary Men? Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day! To celebrate pirate literary figures such as Captain Hook from PETER PAN, Long John Silver from TREASURE ISLAND, and Ragnar from ATLAS SHRUGGED, we hereby submit to you the official Drunken Sailor: First Annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day Drunken Sailor Sing-Along a Go Go video: Yarrr!! Get […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments September 19, 2012
  • A Literary Map of Manhattan The New York Times Book Review has created A Literary Map of Manhattan: an interactive site where you can roam freely to discover where characters from your favorite New York City novels “lived, worked, played, drank, walked, and  looked at ducks.” Once you’ve discovered where exactly, from the northern tip of the island to the […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments September 17, 2012
  • Hadley Deserved Better Than This THE PARIS WIFE, by Paula McLain, is a story about love, longing, ambition, success, and betrayal. Meticulously researched and carefully written, it fictionalizes the courtship, marriage, and eventual marital destruction of Hadley Richardson and her beau, Ernest Hemingway. The novel brings us into the roaring 20’s in Paris, alights our imagination with anecdotes of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, […] Verbal Vixen 0 Comments August 30, 2012