Freaky Friday

The Weird Week in Writing: Authors love Eminem, Humpty Dumpty seeks vengeance, Sylvia Plath draws hot dogs

Freaky Friday—the latest from the often weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed, as always, by a prompt). Happy weekend! STILL BETTER THAN KID ROCK: Charles Bukowski loved Wagner. Oscar Wilde loved Haydn. Turns out 71-year-old Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, Janet Evanovich and others have a different audio hero: Eminem. EGGLAND’S BEST:...

The Weird Week in Writing: Justin Bieber and Holden Caulfield; Harry Potter V. Willy the Wizard; Throwing a book at the president

Freaky Friday—the latest from the often weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed, as always, by a prompt). Happy weekend! Close Encounters of the Authorial Kind: Did a former NORAD officer and self-published author predict the sighting of a purported UFO in New York this week? The Pressures of the Modern Book...

The Weird Week in Writing: Lunar man-bats, a 6-year-old with a book deal, and Danny Glover as Captain Ahab

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed, as always, by a prompt). Happy weekend! “You can’t go wrong with a good lunar man-bat”: 175 years ago, a newspaper revealed that life had been discovered on the moon. The findings? Unicorns, biped beavers, and even lunar man-bats—“four-foot-tall creatures...

The Weird Week in Writing: The strange tale of a subway station in honor of Dostoevsky (plus, a weekend prompt)

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed, as always, by a prompt). Happy weekend! Dostoevsky continues to do what he does best: Impress and, to some, depress. Psychologists fear that Moscow’s new Dostoevskaya subway station, which features cool but heavy murals of scenes from such novels as...

Weird Week in Writing: The last audiobook you'd ever expect; Shakespeare crook goes to jail; the writer of Armageddon makes Salinger film

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed, as always, by a prompt). Happy weekend! Celluloid Salinger: Keeping up with the general strangeness/awesomeness of the J.D. Salinger legacy, a new documentary about the author is on its way in September by …  the writer/co-writer of Armageddon and Shaft....

Weird Week in Writing: The craziest literary beer ever; Hemingway look-alikes; luxury tomes made from moon rocks and … blood?!

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week, followed, as always, by a prompt. (I’ll also announce the winner of the swag drawing Monday, so stay tuned.) The End of Budweiser? Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History is the inspiration behind a new brew. As Paper Cuts reports, “Not...

Weekend Writing Challenge: The Tweet That Changed Everything

Hi writers, Freaky Friday/The Weird Week in Writing series is taking a holiday this week because we’re headed out for our annual trip to WD’s clandestine brainstorming headquarters (read: the editor’s house) to strategize and plan the 2011 calendar of the magazine. Here’s to hoping you have an excellent weekend. And don’t forget—interoffice swag...

The Weird Week in Writing: New line of Hemingway shoes, Sarah Palin's tween bio, Faulkner speaking up after all these years

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed by a prompt): I write like HP Lovecraft: Or at least that’s what popular robots tell me. This week writers everywhere copied and pasted words into Memoires’ “I Write Like” Web analyzer to see which famous scribe they take after....

The Weird Week in Writing (plus a 4th of July prompt challenge): Harper Lee re-emerges, a novelist sells her first book at 82, and a writer pens the best worst line of the year

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed by a series of prompts): To feed a (mocking)bird: On the eve of the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird, a journalist tracked down the awesome, reclusive Harper Lee to figure out why she’s been so silent all these...

The Weird Week in Writing: Neil Gaiman on today's vampires, Stephenie Meyer on being burned out (Plus a weekend writing prompt)

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed, as always, by a prompt): The times, and the vampires, are changing: Picking up his Carnegie award, the awesome Neil Gaiman longed for the scary, wilier paranormals of old … … Versus Stephenie Meyer’s befanged vegetarians: And speaking of them,...

The Weird Week in Writing: Clive Owen as Hemingway, turning your iPad into a typewriter, and Oprah's magazine marvel

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed, as always, by a prompt): The Wired Luddite: Turn your $600 iPad into a typewriter for $400. Playing Papa: Clive Owen = Hemingway? Owen is slated to play the legendary scribe in HBO’s new film about Hemingway’s relationship with writer...

The Weird Week in Writing: 20 writers under 40 and 10 writers over 80, a summer Must-Not Read list, and more Mark Twain

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed, as always, by a prompt):Just Lick It! How to Order Everything You Love to Eat but Never Gain Weight!: In the midst of Summer Reading List season, one writer breaks down her Summer Must-Not Reads. Poultry Promotion: Writer Sloane Crosley...

The Weird Week in Writing (plus prompt): Fitzgerald, one-hit wonder? Ghostbusters save libraries. The last typewriter.

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed, as always, by a weekend prompt): Literary Macarenas: One-hit wonders? A new way of looking at F. Scott Fitzgerald, J.D. Salinger, and others. Who you gonna call? With the New York Public Library system staring down drastic budget cuts, the...

The Weird Week in Writing: Parents take Twilight to the next level, Tyra Banks banks on YA fantasy, and rejection letters amaze

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week (followed, as always, by a weekend prompt): “Dracula” is too old fashioned: Twilight-inspired monikers top the latest list of the most popular baby names in America. Move over, Damon Wayans: Tyra Banks becomes the latest celebrity to score a book deal...

The Weird Week in Writing: Book trailer of the year, and what really happened when Picasso, Proust and James Joyce got together

Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of writing this week: Victorian authors are rolling over—and rising from—their graves: From Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to Android Karenina, literary/horror mash-ups are thriving. Truffles, alcohol and awkwardness: The meeting of Picasso, Proust and James Joyce (from a larger piece on meetings of great...

Freaky Friday: Your Recap of the Week in Weird Writing-World News

George Washington: every library’s worst nightmare. Being 221 years late on returning two tomes, the president has racked up some $4,577 in fines. Everyone’s favorite authorial supergroup has a new talent: Jennifer Weiner has joined The Rock Bottom Remainders. The group, “one of the world’s highest ratios of noise to talent,” has featured Mitch...

WD Wants You: Write a Reckless Blitzen, an Angry Santa

Gorilla suits, zombies, The Universe popping up as a character and saying things like, “You’re getting too big for your fangs.” And that’s only one Friday. For a trip to the wonderful, fun and often enchantingly weird, check out my lunch buddy (and WD Online Community Editor) Brian A. Klems’ #StoryFriday project on Twitter....