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January 11, 2012 | by

A cultural news roundup.

  • The joy of books.
  • The Hatchet Job of the Year.
  • What Bill Clinton reads.
  • What Michelle Obama doesn’t.
  • And maybe it’s trivial to know that Salman Rushdie loves Carrie Fisher, quotes Clive James and is looking forward to seeing Hari Kunzru and Tom Stoppard at the Jaipur literary festival, but knowing random bits of information about people one admires just is, for whatever reason, enjoyable. It’s like being friends with them, except they have no idea who you are, but it doesn’t matter because this is still closer than you'd ever normally get.”
  • Random House acquires Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart.
  • Roald Dahl goes postal.
  • Tolkien is snubbed.
  • “First—if you are in love—that’s a good thing—that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.”
  • Joanna Newsom, novelist?
  • McBooks.
  • If Norman Mailer likes me, I’ll kill myself.”
  • Sayonara, Nook.


    1. Mo Ibrahim | January 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      @McBooks…What an amazing (subliminal) marketing idea? Mom’s all over the world will no longer feel guilty about buying their children “Happy” Meals.

    2. Joe Carlson | January 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      “It’s like being friends with them, except they have no idea who you are….” What if you get to pal around with Matt Damon only to discover you were hoodwinked?

    3. Tom May | January 12, 2012 at 10:19 am

      What if, what if, what if? Spin, spin, spin. “Annoyances abound.”

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