Long day, early start, weekend tantalizingly near. We absolutely promise not to get into the one post a day habit - we're far too OCD for that, anyway - but we've settled into a gentle groove here at Chez TEV and what with some fairly ambitious plans for the weekend, brevity seems apt for a lazy, warm September afternoon. Herewith, the links:
* PEN USA, the West Coast center for International PEN, has unveiled the winners of its 2005 Literary Awards competition. The full list of winners is:
- Fiction - MICHELINE AHARONIAN MARCOM - The Daydreaming Boy: A Novel (Riverhead Books)
- Creative Nonfiction - ANDREW TODHUNTER - A Meal Observed (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Research Nonfiction - EVAN WRIGHT - Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
- Poetry- MARTHA RONK - In a Landscape of Having to Repeat (Omnidawn)
- Children's Literature - URSULA K. LE GUIN - Gifts (Harcourt, Inc.)
- Translation - ROBERT ALTER - The Five Books of Moses: A Translation With Commentary (W.W. Norton & Company)
- Journalism - MEREDITH MAY - "Operation Lion Heart" (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Drama - SARAH RUHL - The Clean House (Yale Repertory Theatre)
- Teleplay - SALLY ROBINSON and EUGENIA BOSTWICK & RAYMOND SINGER and JENNIFER FRIEDES - Iron Jawed Angels (HBO)
- Screenplay - CHARLIE KAUFMAN - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Focus Features)
* Orhan Pamuk could be looking at three years in jail for comments he made about the Armenian massacres.
* A Times of India article on the Booker touts John Banville as at least one respondent advises us to "expect the unexpected."
* Speaking of the Booker, Reuters profiles Salman Rushdie and looks at his own nominated Shalimar the Clown.
* Writing in the Metro Times, a Detroit alternative weekly, an angry ex-student has words for Charles Baxter. (Although the writer comes off far more like a "jerk-off" than Baxter ... )
* There are some updates over at the William Blake Archive. We link to these guys a few times a year, whenever they post new material, and we hope everyone takes a moment or two to poke around this fascinating site. One of our favorites.