Monday Miscellany

Weirdest Writer Deaths

“Here are some of the most bizarre ways that writers have had their story end.”

Rate This Article: What’s Wrong with the Culture of Critique

The Internet-begotten abundance of absolutely everything has given rise to a parallel universe of stars, rankings, most-recommended lists, and other valuations designed to help us sort the wheat from all the chaff we’re drowning in.

Chris Colin suggests that the ubiquity of rating systems for everything in the world is harming more than helping us:

There’s an essential freedom in being alone with one’s thoughts, oblivious to and unpolluted by anyone else’s. Diminish that aloneness and we start to doubt our own perspective.

When we’re overwhelmed by everyone else’s opinion about something, it’s hard to focus on, or even articulate, what our own opinion really is.

There’s an essential freedom in being alone with one’s thoughts, oblivious to and unpolluted by anyone else’s. Diminish that aloneness and we start to doubt our own perspective.

‘Mad Men’ fashion line debuts

Oh, hey, remember how we told you AMC is eager to keep its hit series Mad Men in your consciousness even though the show has been on extended hiatus during contract negotiations? Well:

“Mad Men” has gone beyond a fashion fad. The AMC show about a 1960s ad agency — in which style is as important as the characters and plot — continues to influence runways and retailers with a new branded collection at Banana Republic. . . . The new clothing line also provides a temporary fix for “Mad Men” devotees awaiting the show’s return in 2012. No new episodes of the show aired this year.

Read how the new clothing line marries the fashion of the 1960s to the fabrics and comfort demands of today.

Bad Romance: History’s Ill-Fated Literary Couples

Writers who marry or woo other writers — it’s a bold move, considering the egos involved and the social isolation necessary to get a decent amount of good work done. And yet the authors below tried to make it work; some stayed together for months and some were even able to make it last years. Many of the following authors even acted as mentors to their younger paramours, giving their careers a boost by introducing them to editors and other important members of literary circles. If you’re interested in learning more about writers’ affairs of the heart, Katie Roiphe details some of the following relationships in her book, Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Marriages.