Lunch Break Reads: Shit Writing Syndrome, Harry Potter to Star in Dave Eggers Travelogue Adaptation, and Philip Roth is Done With All of Us, Seriously / by Lars Garvey Laing-Peterson

Andy Bobrow talks about being diagnosed with "advanced SWS—Shit Writing Syndrome," and how writing for Community helped to cure him.

A wonderful gem from the essay, apparently "quoted" from Community showrunner Dan Harmon:

“Everyone’s writing is ninety-eight percent shit. Well not everyone’s. Flannery O’Connor was around eighty. I’m making that up, I don’t even know who that is, I just pulled a name out of my 10th grade ass, fuck off for judging me.”


This is a must read for writers of any stripe, if only to laugh for a minute before returning to the garbage pile of a novel/TV pilot/poetry chapbook/philosophical treatise/pop culture article you are working on.


Daniel Radcliffe, still best known for his turn as Harry Potter, will star in the film adaptation of Dave Eggers' You Shall Know Our Velocity. Radcliffe seems to enjoy acting in stories taken from the literary world, having starred in the adaptation of Susan Hill's The Woman in Black and as the Beat poet Allen Gingsberg in Kill Your Darlings.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist director Peter Sollett and short story writer Wells Tower are also attached to You Shall Know Our Velocity.


Melville House has announced today that Philip Roth is quite seriously done with all of us. In addition to his literary retirement—which he announced in 2012—Roth has said in a BBC interview airing today that it is “absolutely [his] last appearance on any stage anywhere.”

I guess Roth decided he didn't want to take the path of authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald or Roberto Bolaño and die while writing and editing perhaps their finest works, The Love of the Last Tycoon and 2666 respectively.

(Big thanks to Lauren for passing this article along. And if you love literary happenings, you should follow her Twitter account The Lighthouse.)