Did you see last night’s Parks and Recreation? Leslie discusses her new book with a radio interviewer who does a dead-on impression of KCRW’s Bookworm, Michael Silverblatt. I tried to share just that clip, but gave up. Here’s the whole show. Leslie’s book thing i sat the beginning:
Holy smokes! Lev Grossman’s The Magicians is going to be a television series on Fox. Huge!
Jonathan Franzen has begun work on a television adaptation of The Corrections for HBO.
Grantland interviews Don DeLillo about the opening of his novel Underworld. BGB’s resident DeLillo scholar is unimpressed. Read Dr J’s account of his time with the DeLillo papers at the University of Texas: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
Dig it, babies. Today is Talk Like a Beat Day.
Behold the majesty of NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels in dazzling flowchart form
The Nobel Prize for literature stayed close to home this year. The prize was awarded to Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer. Best. Name. Ever. The New York Times posted a poetry reading by the winner.
In light of recent news, the Steve Jobs biography is being expedited.
Interesting: Spousonomics brings economic theory to solve problems like whose night it is to unload the dishwasher.
Good news in book challenge news: In Cold Blood chosen to remain on one school district’s high school reading list
Fake bumpersticker: My child thinks he’s an Honor Student at Hogwarts…
I missed this earlier, maybe you did, too: James Patterson on how to make your kids lifelong readers