Happy belated to Gabriel Garcia Marquez who turned 84 this week. 84 more years of solitude!
Saul Bellow's personal life was juicy.
New Junot Diaz collection out this September, you guys! Reason number one million to look forward to summer.
Walnut Surprise (it's what I call Jonathan Franzen, please learn it) is up in arms about Twitter: "Twitter is unspeakably irritating. Twitter stands for everything I opposeâ€¦ itâ€™s hard to cite facts or create an argument in 140 charactersâ€¦ itâ€™s like if Kafka had decided to make a video semaphoring The Metamorphosis. Or itâ€™s like writing a novel without the letter â€˜Pâ€™â€¦ Itâ€™s the ultimate irresponsible medium." That's one grumpy Walnut!
Winter sale of those great NYRB books. Gotta catch em all! (Barnstorm: your number one online source for Pokemon jokes)
Speaking of NYRB, here's a review of Michel Houellebecq's new Prix Goncourt-winning book, which is finally out in the U.S. It's about a moody misanthrope chafing against modern society, quelle suprise.
Christoph Niemann's Times Magazine column Abstract Sunday is the best thing maybe in the entire world. And now they're all in a book that is coming out in April!
Oral histories are sooo trendy right now. Oral histories are the most popular girl in class.