- As the U.S.’s Christian soldiers unleash a hideous bloodbath in Fallujah, paving the way for Baptists to distribute Jack Chick tracts in Iraq, please take a moment to peruse Words Without Borders‘ Iraqi literature extravaganza.
- Yesterday in Mexico City, 400 people gathered for a 14-hour marathon reading of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude. Virgins were offered in sacrifice. Meanwhile, New Line Cinema has acquired the rights to Gabo’s Love in the Time of Cholera.
- The Women’s Review of Books has amassed $200,000 of debt and will cease publication after the December issue. The current issue notes, quoting Elizabeth Merrick, that female writers at “‘the top echelon of American letters’: Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review” are still vastly outnumbered by men. (Third item.)
- Alice Munro cites “the women writers of the American South – Carson McCullers, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor – who were writing about small towns and country people like the ones Munro knew” as inspirations.
- The Harvard Crimson reports on the Graham Greene centennial celebration in Boston, which featured James Wood and Michael Gorra. According to Wood, Greene, “was actually much funnier in person than he is in his written fiction.”
- Ron Hogan talks with Christine Schutt, whose Florida is one of this year’s contenders for the National Book Award.
- Two early John LeCarre novels have been reissued.
- As she contemplates the reality of her book’s publication, Wendy of Poundy finds that:
[of] all the specific potential scenarios that I’m worried about encountering next year when my book comes out . . . “being interviewed by a radio talk show host who not only dislikes your book but egregiously misunderstands it, and in fact spends an inordinate amount of time histrionically babbling and even weeping about how much it, as well as a great many completely unrelated things, upset her” would be really high on that list.
- The Gaddis Drinking (and reading) Club is open late.