Curiosities: Friendship’s Offering
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Little Dorrit is must-see-TV in the Packer household. For those considering undertaking
, we recommend Infinite Jest . Slate’s Audio Book Club discussion Meanwhile,
in the first installment of New York Magazine’s new “Reading Room” feature, participants get, er… wet. “‘I never wanted to write
this book,'” [ Alec Baldwin] tells us… ‘ It was also a book I never wanted to read, but here we are, Alec and I, making the best of a bad situation.'”
The influence of the late , who died this week, reached from J.G. Ballard Jonathan Lethem to Thom Yorke. What’s
Bret Easton Ellis up to? Not much, apparently.
An inspired blog feature collects one-star Amazon reviews of the classics ( via HTMLGIANT). In praise of
and Peter Handke . A.J. Liebling
Senator Arlen Specter realizes that there’s no way to endear yourself to Republican primary voters like writing for . The New York Review of Books
William H. Gass goes for baroque. (via The Complete Review) Some small presses are trying out
a subscription model. The
earliest known dust jacket for a book has been found. (via LitKicks)
The Orange Prize shortlist has been announced.
Ben Yogoda writes a defense of common English. Trade paperbacks
thrive in tough times. (Our suggestion: make them even smaller.) Earth Day was this past week, and now we know:
used books are “greener” than new.