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The Best Of Online Literary Curiosities

1. On the Bro’d

A sentence-by-sentence translation of Kerouac’s “On the Road” to frat speak by Mike Lacher.

On the Bro'd

2. The Great Gatsby Video Game

At first viraled as a long-lost Japanese Nintendo release, this Great Gatsby game was later revealed to be the work of San Francisco programmers Charles Hoey and Pete Smith. In it, you battle Dr. Eckleburg’s vengeful glasses as Nick Carraway and toss lethal fedoras at rowdy Charleston dancers. Too bad you can’t mow down Tom Buchanan.

The Great Gatsby Video Game

3. Anniversary cover spoofs for The Bell Jar

When Faber UK botched the cover redesign of Sylvia Plath’s seminal novel (upper left), folks online thought these covers would be just as smart, sensible, and faithful to the book’s content.

Anniversary cover spoofs for The Bell Jar

4. Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Porridge”

Goldilocks as rewritten in Hemingway’s clipped, muscular voice. A short read, and hilariously spot on.

Hemingway's "A Farewell to Porridge"

5. Cormac McCarthy Yelp Reviews

You can find a whole tumblr of these fake Yelp reviews here. Read the Amazing Taco Bell Trilogy in Cormac’s teetering, visual, word-drunk prose. Everyone is either a cowboy, a priest, a prostitute, or all three.

Cormac McCarthy Yelp Reviews

6. The 2013 New Yorker anniversary cover

Simon Greiner of Sydney, Australia submitted this for The New Yorker’s anniversary cover design contest. This is what the new New York literary aristocracy looks like.

The 2013 New Yorker anniversary cover

7. Insulted By Authors

Bill Ryan haunts authors’ readings and begs authors to insult him when they sign his book jackets.

Insulted By Authors

8. Lisa Simpson’s Book Club

Screencaps of Lisa (and the other Simpsons) reading really difficult books. There are many of them. Thanks to Jared Keller for this suggestion.

Lisa Simpson's Book Club

9. Awkward Young Nietzsche

Awkward Young Nietzsche

Stickyembraces churns grad school ennui into tumblr gold. He also made this thing below. He is a very self-loathing young white male author, maybe.


10. George Plimpton’s Video Falconry

Join the storied Paris Review founder and sports journalist in wrecking digital bunnies here.

George Plimpton's Video Falconry

11. Teju Cole’s fake Yoruba proverb

A Twitter meme started by novelist Teju Cole. Generally, Teju Cole, Colson Whitehead, and Patricia Lockwood are three high-profile writers who tweet to kill. Follow them.

Teju Cole's fake Yoruba proverb

12. Better Book Titles

This tumblr has been photoshopping more honest titles on to book covers for two years.

Better Book Titles

13. Tao Lin’s parody of Franzen’s Time cover story

Jonathan Franzen was the first novelist to grace the cover of Time in 11 years. To celebrate that, The Stranger invited Brooklyn cult novelist Tao Lin to do a stunt self-profile in the style of Frazen’s cover story. A side-by-side comparison of the articles here.

Tao Lin's parody of Franzen's Time cover story

14. Famous Authors Predict Superbowl XLII

XLII may be three superbowls past, but these imitations of Ayn Rand and Jack Kerouac are timeless.

Famous Authors Predict Superbowl XLII

15. Machine Translation or Faulkner Quote?

Can you tell the difference between Faulkner and an awkward Google translation of German text?

Machine Translation or Faulkner Quote?

16. Hark! A Vagrant

Kate Beaton is massively popular partly for her sharp book parodies. Here’s her ripping on the Brontes, Austen, and Mary Shelley.

Hark! A Vagrant

17. Martin Amis’ 1982 Arcade GameFAQ

The infamously manic, bruising British novelist worked briefly as an arcade game reviewer. He dispatched of games like Space Invaders in high lit diction and had Steven Spielberg write his forward. Later, he would assiduously avoid talking about the book to the press. Christopher Hitchens cameos in a brief rant about game voice effects:

“I was with a friend, a hard-drinking journalist, who had drunk roughly three times as much Calvados as I had drunk the night before. And I had drunk a lot of Calvados the night before. I called for coffee, croissants, juice; with a frown the barman also obeyed my friend’s croaked request for a glass of Calvados.

Then we heard, from nowhere, a deep, guttural, Dalek-like voice which seemed to say: ‘Heed! Gorgar! Heed! Gorgar … speaks!’

‘… Now what the hell was that?’ asked my friend.

‘I think it was one of the machines,’ I said, rising in wonder.

‘I’ve had it,’ said my friend with finality. ‘I can’t cope with this,’ he explained as he stumbled from the bar.”

Read more about it at The Millions.

Martin Amis' 1982 Arcade GameFAQ
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