- Ian Rankin describes a week in his life, and it’s about as routine as Rebus.
- The rights to Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down have been sold. Hornby has earned enough to add a west wing to his home. Will he remember the little people?
- Ms. Chicha deconstructs the strange trend of legs and shoes on current covers.
- Forget historical integrity. There’s a plan in Salem to erect a Bewitched statue at the busiest intersection. Residents are understandably miffed. After all, the least this statue can offer is a twitching nose.
- Maybe this is the literary video game folks are championing: Sony has one in the works based on The Tale of Genji.
- Librarians are employing comics to get kids to read. It was either that or free ice cream.
- John Updike reviews Mo Yan’s Big Breast & Wide Hips. We’re positive the title had nothing to do with his selection.
- Search Engine Watch compares the current book search engines.
- Ed Levine scarfed down 1,000 slices of pizza to research his book. He also filed a petition to change his last name to Pepperoni.
- More on Wasserman: He’s heading back to publishing. The gang at LA Observed also has the memo issued.
I have no problems with Hornby’s success. He gave me tons of joy with About A Boy, the modern book I consider to be my most direct antecedent, and everything I’ve read about him indicates he’s a decent and generous person. If I were The Money Genie – hey, I should be The Money Genie! – I can think of worse people I could tap with my wand.
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