It’s a big week for new books. Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke is now out, as is Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks, Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes by William Kennedy, Luminous Airplanes by Paul La Farge, and The Funny Man by John Warner, who recently appeared in these pages. Philip Roth’s American Trilogy is getting the Library of America treatment. (Capsule previews of all of the preceding titles are available here, incidentally). New in non-fiction is Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve: How the World Became Modern and Susan Orlean’s Rin Tin Tin. And out in paperback: none other than Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom.
The British Library has paid £32,000 for poet Wendy Cope's email archive. A far cry from stacks of personal letters, but seemingly the natural progression of things. According to Cope herself, many of the emails "are not interesting at all". (via @BookBench)
Chris Jones's latest feature for Esquire wraps a copyright infringement case up in a meditation on the power of magic, the will to believe and the essence of the delight we can find in art. Warning: may lead you down an endless Penn & Teller YouTube rabbit hole.
Do you like to badger your friends with good reasons to buy an e-reader? Well, you socially adept rapscallion, you’re in luck -- there’s a list up at Book Riot of 5 Great Digital-only Reads. (We hate to brag, but our own Mark O'Connell's Epic Fail is No. 2.)