1. Isn't this a great book cover? Woolgathering is not a new Patti Smith book, and it shouldn't be mistaken for a sequel to her great Just Kids. In fact, I first bought this when it was a great little Hanuman book that looked like this:
The Hanuman book looked cool, but I think the newly republished New Directions version's cover art may be even better. Shepherd, tend thy flock.
2. Occupy St. Petersburg? Bill Ectric draws some connections between Nikolai Gogol's financial satire Dead Souls and more recent high finance scams.
3. Steve Silberman asks: What kind of Buddhist was Steve Jobs, really?
4. An account of a literary poker tournament that I'm sorry I missed, featuring Walter Kirn, Steve Martin and Rita Dove along with poker heavyweights Annie Duke and Phill Hellmuth. None of whom won.
5. Down These Mean Streets, a Spanish Harlem memoir by Piri Thomas, was one of the first grownup books I ever read as a kid. Piri Thomas died last week at the age of 83.
6. Shoah filmmaker Claude Lanzmann is publishing a memoir (it'll be out in March) called The Patagonian Hare.
8. How Alex and Jane Comfort's once trendy coffeetable book The Joy of Sex was illustrated.
9. A Haiku-inspired video poem by Jim Tilley.
10. Jasmin Lim is creating visual artwork based on the controversial novels of Laura JT Leroy Albert.
11. And now, I'm going to tell you about a project that will be running soon on Litkicks. Did you know that J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey (in my opinion, Salinger's best novel) was published 50 years ago? We're going to pay tribute to the novel here, over the course of several posts and many days, featuring an artist/writer pair whose work you may have enjoyed on Litkicks here before. Coming later this month!
12. The ten oldest books known to man. Man, these books are old.