- Book lists galore: The Believer announces its annual book award winner, along with the always eclectic reader survey results; Forty of Nick Hornby’s favorite books – he thinks you’ll like at least a few; You may not be able to register for Zadie Smith’s fiction seminar, but you can read the same books.
- Rushdie considers the art of the adaptation.
- And so it came to pass: the “pay what you want” eBook.
- A comic-book map of New York.
- Emily Bobrow digs Leanne Shapton’s brains…
- …where certain other reviewers the VQR could name might get hung up on her jacket photo.
- Whose tweets are these? I think I know.
- Tom McCarthy and the lovable lads of the International Necronautical Society are at it again.
- The Reagan diaries offer “scrupulous, concise, often remarkably good reading,” says Open Letters Monthly.
- Anne Trubek at Good Magazine (and Oberlin College professor!) on “What is a Book?“
- Paul Maliszewski at Bookslut on “What is a Fake?“
- New features for the Kindle.
- We’re digging the cover for Colson Whitehead’s forthcoming novel, Sag Harbor.
- Wikipedia find of the week: Fakelore: “Fakelore is inauthentic, manufactured folklore presented as if it were genuinely traditional.”
- Murakami’s uneasy relationship with Japan: “He has been seen, and to some degree positioned himself, as a literary pariah in Japan, in part because of its tepid-to-negative critical reception of his work.”
- Further reading: Check out the interesting Kindle pro and con in the comments of Max’s Kindle/iPhone post this week; And check out the interesting discussion of the New Yorker’s commitment (or lack thereof) to international literature in the comments of Garth’s DFW post.
- And finally, a concrete step toward breaking our addiction to foreign oil.
Curiosities: Hamsters in Jackets
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