shared Lizzie Stark's answers that age-old question: What if great literary writers of the last 200 years had penned Twilight instead? For example:

Flannery O'Connor: When Native American werewolf Jacob threatens her with death, Bella reconsiders her hardcore racism, and just for one milisecond, the audience finds her sympathetic.

Tim O'Brien: It's all about the memories these vampires have carried with them for the past couple hundred years. Just think how much that would have deepened their characters. "Bella looked into Edward's smoldering eyes and knew all the pain he carried with him, the cross burned into the cleft of his muscular chest, 1 oz., the dash of his hair across his forehead, dangling ever-so, 5.oz, etc… etc… "

Hemingway, Murakami, Proulx, Carver -- they all have their versions. Read them all here.


Issue 16 of The Thing Quarterly comes from Dave Eggers. Each issue of The Thing is an object that is connected to literature. So Issue 16? It's a short story on a shower curtain -- or, according to The Thing, "a monologue told to Dave Eggers by his shower curtain."

Read more over at Jacket Copy. Oh, and you can buy the shower curtain here for $65.


There's an interesting (and amusing) article in this week's New York Times Book Review about authors who tweet: why some tweet, why some don't tweet, why publishers want them to tweet.

There are quotes from several of my personal favorite author-tweeters, Salman Rushdie, Jennifer Weiner, Margaret Atwood and Gary Shteyngart. @EmperorFranzen even gets a shout-out, and Jeffrey Eugenides comes across as a bit stuffy because he won't interact with readers on his publisher-created Facebook page.

Take a look, have a laugh and let us know: Who is your favorite author who tweets?


Happy weekend, readers! Believe it or not, it's currently 64° and sunny in Nashville. I can't believe I'm saying this on January 6, but I sure wish I were reading a book in the park right now. Do any of you have big reading plans this weekend?

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