Tag Archives: American Literature

Blockbuster Feminism: Peyton Place

By | November 2, 2012

(Grace Metalious rejected the formal studio photograph publishers provided choosing instead, a photo by local New Hampshire photographer Larry Smith for the book jacket of Peyton Place – 1956, Larry Smith, Laconia Evening Citizen) In December 1956, a few months after the publication of her novel Peyton Place, Grace Metalious was invited to appear on… Read More »

Mad Men, the most literary show on television?

By | March 27, 2012

As mentioned previously on this blog, we are big fans of all things Americana and in particular, the television phenomenon that is Mad Men. So much so, that we put together our own literary guide to Mad Men on this blog last week. But we are not the only ones, the Daily Telegraph have also… Read More »

Mad Men: Our Literary Guide

By | March 16, 2012

We’re mad keen on Americana and Mad Men! Now that Series Five is about to hit the airwaves with a double episode in the US on March 25th & in the UK on March 27th, we’ve decided to compile a reading list for the show – books that we think say something about the characters, the show… Read More »

Kurt Vonnegut’s Last Laugh: Guest Post by Robert T. Tally Jr.

By | March 15, 2012

'Five years ago, on March 14, 2007, the much beloved American satirist Kurt Vonnegut fell down the front steps of his New York City brownstone, smashing his head on the sidewalk; four weeks later, he died.  So it goes.  Vonnegut made this last phrase immortal by enshrining it as the appropriate response to news of… Read More »

Simply Books at the Minneapolis airport

By | March 5, 2012

Day 1 of our photo blog Last week our author Christopher Schaberg's guest post included a lovely photo of Brad Pitt. I immediately thought to myself, 'this man has good taste in photos'. Another quick look through Christopher's book affirmed this to me. And so was born the Airports photo week! Each day this week I… Read More »

An Airport Jaunt with Brad Pitt: author guest post from Christopher Schaberg

By | March 2, 2012

'With Brad Pitt’s announcement in November that he will likely retire from acting in three years, it is worth pausing to appreciate some of his fine performances on the screen. I remember a fall evening in 1999 when I first watched Brad Pitt’s provocative portrayal of Tyler Durden in David Fincher’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s… Read More »