• In an interview with Robert Birnbaum, T.C. Boyle says this, among other things:

    I think of Philip Roth, at least as he appeared in that article that Remnick wrote about him in the New Yorker a few years back. He has done his thing. He’s married his movie star. He’s post sex. And he is just going to be the monk of literature and by God, hallelujah, I’m glad he is.

  • A former publisher surveys the state of the industry:

    Most titles on a publisher’s list lose money and sell at most a few thousand copies – editors are perpetually searching feverishly for the elusive bestseller to subsidise all the flops. It is a winner-takes-all business. Occasionally, there are windfalls from foreign or film rights, and backlists provide a degree of long-term income. But even giant trade publishers only make 5 per cent operating margins, despite spin-off benefits and global scale at multi-media conglomerates like Bertelsmann, News Corporation, Pearson and Time Warner.

    (Via Bookninja.)

  • I’ve got no rant left in me and so can offer no further denunciation of creationism’s march into public school science textbooks, but Salon‘s Michelle Goldberg reports on a Dover, PA textbook that gives equal weight to evolution and creationism.
  • Finally, speaking of Mississippi (see below), librarians in two of the state’s counties have banned Jon Stewart’s America from public libraries, ostensibly because of Supreme Court Justice nudes. An Ocean Springs (coastal Mississippi town) librarian is pretty pissed off about it.


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