The Best of NYC LETTERS

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08/05/2009 4:00 AM |

BEST EVIDENCE THAT RELENTLESS SELF-PROMOTION CAN STILL GET YOU SOMEWHERE IN THIS TOWN. SORT OF: New York Magazine christening Tao Lin the next Lit “It Kid”

BEST SIGN THAT PERHAPS THE END OF THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY AS WE KNOW IT WON’T BE THE UTTER DISASTER WE’RE ALL DREADING:
Electric Literature

BEST NEW WEBSITE THAT’S SURE TO MAKE MILLIONS: fiftytwostories.com


BEST INDICTMENT OF AN AMAZON CULTURE
: Adrian Tomine’s “Read-Handed” New Yorker Cover

BEST EXAMPLE OF A PUBLICLY DISGRACED LITERARY FIGURE GOOD-NATUREDLY TAKING THE SHIT HE HAS COMING TO HIM: James Frey’s Gawker internship

MOST DEPRESSING REVELATION REGARDING THE FINANCIAL REALITIES OF MAGAZINE JOURNALISM: Dan Baum’s Per Annum

BEST LITERARY FAREWELL: John Updike in the New York Times

FIVE BEST UNCONFIRMED THOMAS PYNCHON SIGHTINGS


BEST BASKETBALL LEAGUE FOR NERDS
:
WORD Basketball League

BEST TINY LITTLE ZINE FROM AN ARTS COLLECTIVE: Birdsong

BEST REASON FOR THE NEW YORKER TO RETURN TO THE PRACTICE OF MAKING THEIR SUMMER FICTION ISSUE THE DEBUT FICTION ISSUE:
The Tiger’s Wife,” by Tea Obreht


BEST DICK MOVE BY A HERO TO MILLIONS
:
J.D. Salinger

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