Happy World Book Day, and Other News


On the Shelf


  • Happy World Book Day, the biggest book show on earth. May we suggest a sinister book cake?
  • In its honor: dream ballets and operas, based on books. (Fear and Loathing: the opera, anyone? Why not?)
  • Sam Lipsyte talks to The Henry Review about “overcoming despair,” hardcore, and assfuzz.
  • Barbara “Cutie” Cooper, a ninety-six-year-old LA blogger, has hit the best-seller list with a guide to staying married for seventy-three years.
  • This Sunday, you can hear Disturbing Fan Mail. Not in New York? Check out the letters sent to Mark Twain, and his trenchant responses.