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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 minds—and how they often fail to live up to expectations).

Comedian Zach Galifianakis cracks a beer and pretends to be author John Wray; Wray, meanwhile, conducts a pensive interview of him as Galifianakis: As Jacket Copy asks, is this the book trailer of the year, per the Moby Awards?

A few years late on this one, but, still:Which political campaigns did your favorite writers support? (And who backed Rudy Giuliani?)

Nonagenarian Nancy: In people years, Nancy Drew is 98.

Joining the breakfast club: Alongside celebrities like Lauren Conrad and James Franco, Molly Ringwald has found her way into print with Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family and Finding the Perfect Lipstick.

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