November 18, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
Doris Lessing has died at ninety-four.
“The adamant child became the adamant adult. She truly had ice in her veins. She believed that her insight and her talent were unique, and she may well have been right.” Justin Cartwright pays tribute.
Library copies of Fifty Shades of Grey have been found to carry traces of herpes and cocaine.
How Philip Roth gets geriatric sex wrong.
November 15, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
The first full-cover book espresso machine comes to Books-a-Million of Portland, Maine.
Bukowski in Hollywood.
Google wins its epic book-scanning battle.
Michiko Kakutani loves the phrase “deeply felt.”
November 14, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
Amazon has launched a juggernaut of a Kindle store in Australia.
The Joseph Brodsky reading list for facilitating intelligent conversation.
Alison Bechdel on heading to Broadway.
Writing for good health
November 13, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
A pretty amazing slideshow of authors shilling for products through the ages.
Jonathan Franzen loves Harriet the Spy. Now really want to know his views on the even odder The Long Secret and frankly bizarre Sport.
Herewith: a scratch and sniff wine book.
“The very foundation of Judaeo-Christian ethics is presented as a list.” On listicles.
November 12, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
The Brooklyn Quarterly publishes a roundtable with five writers on the purpose and state of argumentative fiction.
Compelling, unique, and poignant get 86’d from PW reviews.
Party Girl, Bunny Watson, and other amazing pop-culture librarians.
The family of Malcolm X is suing to prevent the publication of the diary he kept in the year prior to his death.
November 8, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
“It will be fun to give some to prostitutes.” William T. Vollmann on hypothetically winning the Nobel.
BuzzFeed Books is full steam ahead.
In other behemoth news, Amazon reaches out to indie bookstores about carrying Nooks.
“Nah. Here I’m surrounded by people, but I’m also pretty anonymous. Not having to bullshit—even with a roommate who’s a friend—is a plus.” On living in the NYU library.