- As anyone who’s read Brian Francis Slattery’s Spaceman Blues knows, it’s always a good thing when he writes about music.
- Three members of the King clan–Stephen, Tabitha, and Owen–do a talk about writing for D.C. area high schoolers at the Library of Congress and the Washington Post writes about the family’s literary life. Some excellent little moments, like this one:
There is a widespread notion that "if you sell a lot of books, you’ve got to be peddling crap," she adds, and the problem is, it’s sometimes true. There are big-name authors who "can’t write and they can’t plot."
"But we won’t mention any names. Like James Patterson," Stephen says.
- Jane Smiley stirs up some dust with her snobby review of Jennifer Weiner’s latest. Frank Wilson at Books Inq says he wouldn’t have
editedpulled the review either; spirited discussion in the comments.
- Y tu, mattresses? Is everything we touch now polluted with vile substances? Don’t answer.
- The fabulous Kevin Brockmeier will be the next guest editor for Best American Fantasy. (Congratulations, Matt!) Want a reminder what his taste is like? Some time ago, I posted the list of his 50 favorite books.
- See The Pixies documentary loudQUIETloud online free for a week.
- SAT = troubled test.
- Jessa Crispin on reader’s block. I’m all about regressing to the Christopher Pike stage.
- Ypulse reminds me to read the Magic in the Mirrorstone anthology.
- Kelley Eskridge on story and mirror neurons.