Now this is one of the strangest things to happen at a concert in a while: M.I.A. kicked off her tour to promote her new album Matangi by getting Julian Assange to open for her at Terminal 5. The Wikileaks founder spoke to the audience via Skype.
"By having children, I’ve both sabotaged and saved myself as a writer... Many of the writers I love most were alcoholics. I’ve made my choice, I sometimes think: Wonderful children instead of hard liquor." The Paris Review interviews Louise Erdrich for its Winter issue.
"While I'm glad we've had this chance to talk, because of time constraints I cannot answer these basic questions about race and how racism works." Colson Whitehead considers new business cards. See our review of his Pulitzer-winning The Underground Railroad here.
Over the weekend, Canada’s National Post ran a book review by our own Michael Bourne, who contributed a piece on Bright Lights, Big City this week. In the review, Michael reads Thomas King’s The Back of the Turtle, which he says reaffirms the rule that bad guys are always more interesting.
"By the time Mr. Bass bought the building for $8.2 million in 1997, the Strand had become the largest used-book store in the world." Fred Bass, the owner of the Strand, has died at the age of 89. Bass — who bought used books with panicked fervor, opened up satellite kiosks, and created the fabled literary quiz for prospective employees — turned his father's used bookstores into a New York City literary landmark.