News round-up for the week ending August 18, 2013:
Universal Pictures is launching their Emerging Writers Fellowship for aspiring screenwriters! More info can be found on the NBCUniversal website. Applicants can begin submitting for the program starting September 3.
This is not an Onion headline! Ron Burgundy is writing an autobiography already titled Let Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life and Other Musings. Coming soon from Crown Archetypes. But seriously, who is actually penning this book?? Maybe we’ll never know… (via The Atlantic Wire)
Jason Diamond of The Flavorwire asks “Is comedic literature making a comeback?” It’s an interesting question to ask, not only in the bookland, but it’s also relevant in the world of film. (For instance, like how rarely you’ll find comedies taken seriously during Awards season.) Something to think about! (via The Flavorwire)
Choire Sicha, author of the newly-released Very Recent History, discusses how the internet “kills—and saves—book culture.” (via Bookish)
New Simon Rich piece in The New Yorker! This one’s about monkeys! It’s called “Family Business.” (via The New Yorker)
Here is a really great piece on the plight of the “Strong Female Character” and how UK writer Sophia McDougall hates it. And after reading this article, I agree with her. A strong piece indeed. (via the New Statesman)