- Busboys & Poets, the amazingly-named D.C. bookstore/cafe/performance space, is opening a sixth location!
- The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has named Samuel R. Delany the 2013 science fiction and fantasy Grand Master. (Which is a great honor.)
- “There’s never much mention of male underwear.” An ode to the great unmentionables of lit.
- Remember! The St. Mark’s Bookshop auction is happening now! Visit the site (or the store) to help them relocate!
Despite your best efforts, it looks as if our faithful friends at St. Mark’s Books will have to move. That’s the bad news. The good news—at least, if you care about keeping bookstores in lower Manhattan—is that they are trying to find a cheaper location in the East Village. Help them raise money for the move: join the “cash mob” at three o’clock this Saturday afternoon. The first five customers who spend $500 or more will receive a free one-year subscription to The Paris Review.
A cultural news roundup.
- Bad sex.
- Bad numbers.
- Good books.
- Children’s books.
- A visit to St. Mark’s.
- “Confessions of a Plagiarist.”
- Unrest at the Eliot Prizes.
- Upheaval at the NYPL.
- Tensions over Civilization.
- The case for porn.
- The case for gossip.
- “Gossip Girl has always had an especially soft spot for scribblers—and not just for fleeting appearances.”
- Jane Austen?
- It’s not TV, it’s … Faulkner?
- “The very nicest thing Hollywood can possibly think of to say to a writer is that he is too good to be only a writer.” —Raymond Chandler