• The Guardian summer reading issue includes original fiction from Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson, Hanif Kureishi, Jonathan Safran Foer, Helen Simpson, and Alice Munro.

• Scott Neilson offers a stunning pictorial walkthrough of the Downtown Seattle Public Library. The photo featuring the improvised “restrooms” sign is my favorite. (Via Things.)

• A new Voltaire (Candide) biography sounds promising. (The Scotsman has gone to the dark side. I used the Arts Journal user name — — and password — access.)

• 175,000 books annually: too many?

• Hemingway to Fitzgerald on the good parts of a book.

• Foetry: self-proclaimed American poetry watchdog group “reads like a cross between the Drudge Report and Consumer Reports, anonymously investigating (and spreading) rumors to further the cause of transparency.”

• Thanks to a new book, you might want to consult a graphologist before applying for a job. (So my mom was wrong when she told me I should skip that part of the Nancy Drew sleuthing manual, but my 4th-grade teacher was right when she said my lousy handwriting would haunt me forever.)

• Mr. John Hodgman considers recent comics offerings in the NYTBR. Marvel Comics is a Hollywood superpower; could Fantagraphics be next?

• Advice books for Evangelical Christians are on the rise.

• If I’d been in Atlanta on Saturday, I would’ve attended Jamie Allen‘s Very First Free George Bush! Reading.

• Steinbeck heirs sue, alleging “30-year hidden conspiracy.”

• Last week’s TMFTML = this week’s Safire column. I’m gobsmacked.

• Tom Wolfe’s putting out a “shocking” new novel.


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