Friday afternoon miscellany

  • Bush tries to convince Congress and the country that his torture legislation is a move toward clarity; Dahlia Lithwick calls bullshit, arguing that the law would only engender more of the “murk and confusion” that “has begun to be the object of [Bush’s] game and not a casualty of it.”
  • “A new biography of Irène Némirovsky reveals an author less saintly than her current readers might like to believe,” Paul La Farge argues.
  • Jamaican-Miamian Geoffrey Philp has started up a series of five-question interviews with Caribbean and South Floridian writers at his site. So far he’s talked with Kwame Dawes, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, and Preston Allen.
  • Brazilian film director Fernando Meirelles will direct a film based on José Saramago’s Blindness. (Via.)
  • Andrew Bromfield has translated Sergei Lukyanenko’s Night Watch, “the Russian sci-fi novel that the wildly successful film of the same name was based upon,” into English.
  • Prompted by the news that J.K. Rowling, stopped by airport security, refused to check her latest book-in-progress, Tayari Jones wonders where most writers keep their manuscripts. (Like Jones, I lug pieces of mine everywhere. Earlier this year I tried using a flash drive, but lost it — and a month of work — somewhere in my own apartment.)

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