“I don’t do Facebook, I don’t do social media, because I don’t give a shit." —Richard Ford, author of Between Them: Remembering My Parents, in “Richard Ford Hates Your Tweets” at VICE

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“Once upon a time in academic novels, powerful English professors would be mysteriously offed at the Modern Language Association meeting. But now, on their own campuses, we have deans thrown down the stairs, deans betrayed, deans bludgeoned with their own trophies. One dean, from Murder in the Museum of Man, appears to have been dismembered and eaten by his faculty. He was served with a tasty beurre blanc.” —Ms. Mentor (aka Emily Toth, a professor of English at Louisiana State University) identifies dead deans as a theme for her 10th annual academic fiction summer reading list, in the Chronicle of Higher Education

 

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“Most writers will tell you they have no idea when they start. They create a great character and that character takes over the action and they follow that John Grisham Field Notes character wherever he or she wants to go. That's total BS.” —John Grisham, who “hates prologues” and says of his latest novel, Camino Island, “I’ll show you a beach book,” to the CBS This Morning anchors

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“Drag queens make story time funner.” —Rachel Aimee, New York coordinator for Drag Queen Story Hour, quotes a young patron at a recent event in the New York Times. Drag queen Harmonica Sunbeam read aloud from Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino and Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin at the New York Public Library’s Hudson Park branch in Greenwich Village.

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“To hell with grammar, but only if you know the grammar first. To hell with formality, but only if you have learned what it means to be formal. To hell with plot, but you had better at some stage make something happen.” —Colum McCann, author of Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice, excerpted in the Guardian

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Courtney Love “I’m on my second ghostwriter....The first one was too tell-all. Too much, in a kind of sleazy way, and I was just like, ‘Let’s make it tasteful.’ ” —Courtney Love, author of a forthcoming memoir The Girl with the Most Cake, on former ghostwriter and Rolling Stone contributor Anthony Mozza, on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Megan Labrise writes “Field Notes” and features for Kirkus Reviews and is the co-host of the Kirkus podcast, Fully Booked. The photo above of Richard Ford is by Karen Robinson.