1. I've seen a lot of things in my life, but I've never before had the pleasure of watching a bookstore get born. I met blogger/bookseller Jessica Stockton Bagnulo three years ago when we both joined the Litblog Co-op at the same time, and I noted it here in January 2008 when she was awarded seed money to start her own bookstore in Brooklyn. The store is now about to open and looks just great. I hope to make it to the opening day party this Saturday at 7 pm, and you're invited too ...
3. Peanuts auteur Charles M. Schulz's son Monte Schulz has written a graphic novel.
4. Steve Aylett's novel Lint, which Bill Ectric described in these pages as "to literature what Spinal Tap is to heavy metal music", is being made into a movie.
5. Junot Diaz on the writing process: "Want to talk about stubborn? I kept at it for five straight years. Five damn years." Whole thing here.
6. Sonya Chung ponders a tough question: does being a parent make it harder to be a writer?
8. An early vision of electronic reading.
11. Thoreau's Garden by Peter Loewer. Aww, nice.
13. From the New Yorker: "The Former First Lady as a Literary Device".
15. Cracked presents 6 Bullshit Facts About Psychology That Everyone Believes.