- RSVP: We’ve already had several RSVPs for our NYC indie bookstore walking tour. Get all the details via our announcement post.
- People are still adding to our collaborative literary Atlas. Recent additions include several non-bookstore literary spots in the Midwest, including the Kate Chopin House and the final resting place of William S. Burroughs. The Atlas itself has been viewed over 100,000 times.
- Panelists at the SXSW “New Think for Old Media” panel face death by a thousand Tweets.
- Also via Freebird: Iggy Pop explores Michel Houellebecq’s raw power.
- Mark Grief and Year in Reading contributor Wells Tower give far-ranging interviews in a new online journal, Wag’s Review
- Hanif Kureishi discusses life after the Rushdie fatwa.
- A bibliography of coffee.
- The editor of John Updike’s book reviews remembers the writer: “he was attentive to everything.”
- Cathleen Schine admires Zoe Heller’s The Believers.
- The Village Voice praises Mary Gaitskill’s “ludicrous mastery.”
- In two long posts, Blographia Literaria offers a thoughtful alternative to our take on The Kindly Ones
- Ben Okri pioneers the Twitter poem.
- Two books named Brooklyn enter, one book named Brooklyn leaves. (via)
- Tucker Carlson sounds a dissenting note on Jon Stewart in the wake of the Jim Cramer takedown.
- Levi Asher and Scott Esposito discuss litblog economics.
- At The Second Pass, Jon Fasman calls readers’ attention to Russell Hoban’s Riddley Walker, echoing John Wray’s Year in Reading contention that “Sometimes, though, a work of originality and genius slips inexplicably through the cracks.”
- Wray’s Lowboy, meanwhile, got the James Wood treatment at the New Yorker this week.
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