• Okay, fucking hell. I take it back. I’d rather see Gwyneth Paltrow in a Fitzgerald adaptation than Paris Hilton any day. Seriously, Paris Hilton as Daisy? In my worst nightmares I could not have conjured it. Who knew Daisy was a skanky photo negative?
  • Jessamyn West, a radical librarian, is trying to warn library patrons that the FBI may be monitoring their reading habits and Internet search strings. (A librarian friend of a friend of a friend works at a public library upstate. The librarian told my friend that the library now deletes all records in the routine course of business so that when the feds ask for information there’s simply not much to share. I haven’t studied the Act closely enough to know whether this strategy is verboten, but if it’s not it sounds like a good one.)
  • USA Today offers a quick appreciation of Graham Greene on the eve of his novels’ rerelease from Penguin.
  • According to the Telegraph‘s Mark Sanderson:

    The publicity material for the sixth edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, published on Thursday, makes much of the fact that it contains more than 1,000 new quotations. Those quoted for the first time include Cherie Blair (“I am not Superwoman”), Hans Blix (“We have not found any smoking guns”) and Gordon Brown (“I’m a father; that’s what matters most”).

    However, the fact that other quotations have had to be cut to make room for these late entrants is not advertised.

    Dickens lost two quotes, and “Dryden and Henry Vaughan have each lost one and Ezra Pound has lost four.”

  • Participants in the October 5 Downtown for Democracy readings in Los Angeles, to be hosted by Jonathan Safran Foer, will include Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Anne Lamott, Suzan-Lori Parks, Alice Sebold and David Foster Wallace.


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