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Shelf notes: ‘Gatsby’ fever and literary dachshunds

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Cover of "The Great Gatsby"

  • Copies of “The Great Gatsby” are selling at an “extraordinary” rate, thanks to the publicity surrounding the Leonardo DiCaprio film of the novel, set to open on May 10. One caveat: do not read the movie’s tie-in edition on the subway.
  • The new book “Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941″ explores America’s oft-forgotten culture of isolationism.
  • “I’ve learned from Claire a great deal about the importance of comedy,” Wood says, “of not necessarily laughs but of the tragicomic kind of [BARK!] view of existence.” New York Magazine profiles book critic James Wood and novelist Claire Messud, with frequent literary input from their dachshund, Myshkin.
  • Edith Wharton’s birthplace on West 23rd Street is now a Starbucks (but so is Eugene O’Neill’s and Jack London’s). At least George Orwell’s, in Motihari, India, will become a monument – though, alas, not for him.
  • How to write convincingly about a place you’ve never visited: 46 writers pen stories about Oklahoma without ever seeing the state.
  • The Paris Review is moving its offices to Chelsea (hopefully with pool table in tow).
The staff of The Paris Review. Photo by Elena Dorfman for Johns Hopkins Magazine

The staff of The Paris Review. Photo by Elena Dorfman for Johns Hopkins Magazine

 

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Olivia Just