• At Mediabistro, Brigid Hughes discusses plans for her new literary venture, A Public Space, and answers questions about her stint as editor of The Paris Review, where she says “[t]he hardest part was the uneasy relationship between the magazine and the board of directors.”
  • Zadie Smith’s On Beauty is slated to become a Scott Rudin production. Terry Gross interviewed Smith on Fresh Air last week. On Beauty has been sitting to the far left of my desk at work for a few weeks, now, but I’ve had such high hopes that I’m reluctant to take it home on the subway and start reading. With a couple significant exceptions, the readers I trust most have had mixed reactions.
  • A reader asks Neil Gaiman if she’ll burn in hell for checking the MP3 CD of Gaiman’s Anansi Boys out from the library and copying it to her iPod. “What a wonderful ethical question,” Gaiman says. “I feel almost rabbinical pondering it. No, I don’t believe you’ve broken any law.” (Via Boing Boing.)
  • Many of Soviet dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s papers have been destroyed by a fire at his Rodzhestvo dacha.


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