1. Something got into me and I live-blogged George Bush's televised State of the Union speech last night on my "other blog". I should probably never try this again, but I tried it and the sorry results are there for all to see
2. This is amazing. Literary blogger and hopeful bookstore entrepeneur Jessica Stockton Bagnulo submitted a business plan for a Brooklyn bookstore in a competition and won
. The amount of the award is enough to give her plan some serious wings, so this is major news.
3. Author Michael Swanwick
is selling a short story as a message in a bottle
. You can either break the objet d'art
and read the story, or keep the object and never know what story you bought. I think this is cool, and I suspect Jorge Luis Borges would have liked it too.
4. Michael Pollan's writing cabin
5. Dovegreyreader praises
Aharon Megged's The Flying Camel and the Golden Hump
, about a writer who discovers that a famous and vicious literary critic is living in his apartment building, one floor above. Now that's a metaphor a writer can run with.
6. Ian McEwan, librettist
7. Columbia Spectator's The Fifty States of Literature
will attempt to cite the best or most characteristic book for each state, which is not a bad concept for a series. When I read on Literary Saloon
that the first state would be Alabama, I said to myself "To Kill A Mockingbird
", and I was right. I wonder what book they'll name for my state? I'm guessing New York will be represented by The Great Gatsby
8. Books That Make You Dumb
) is a more worthwhile exercise than the title indicates.
9. Here's something that's not dumb: Toni Morrison's hopeful letter
to Barack Obama. I guess I'm drawn to the Obama bandwagon lately myself.