J.T. Leroy — who, amazingly, is still being invited to inflict his talentless musings upon us under that name — stops short of blaming snark for his unmasking and loss of victim status, but tries to jerk your heartstrings one last time. “I wept, as retarded as that sounds, because a naive part of me was flabbergasted that starting a writing workshop for kids could be mocked. And then, yeah, they came for me by saying (of all things) that I do not exist. What better use of snark than to wipe the beach clean of my footprints?” From your mouth to the publishing industry’s ears, Ms. Albert. (Via Tingle Alley.)
Brokentype likes the look of Walter Kirn’s latest novel, which is appearing in online installments at Slate, but calls the presentation a disaster. “Somehow Slate has managed to excise all of the design techniques that actually make serial novels practical and fun to read online.” (Via Light Reading.)
Two presents for A: the last novel in Lemony Snicket’s Unfortunate Events series will appear on Friday, October 13. And before then, on September 5, comes The Beatrice Letters, a collection of correspondence between Snicket and Beatrice, “the woman to whom every book is dedicated.”
Attendees of this year’s London Book Fair had the opportunity “to witness professional writers performing as amateur musicians, film-makers and dancers.” “Why this should be in any way appealing isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t at all clear,” says Thomas Jones.
The signs marking Los Angeles’ Raymond Chandler Square are up again. They were taken down so the city could install surveillance cameras.
Jenny Diski considers a new biography of Martha Freud (wife to Sigmund). “[A]t the age of 34, after the birth of her sixth child in eight years, Martha was suffering from writer’s block. Impossible to imagine why.”
Finally, Vickipedia provides regular excerpts from the 1888 Chambers’s Encyclopedia of Universal Knowledge. Here’s some advice on treating hysteria: “all abnormal bodily and mental excitement, such as late parties in hot rooms, novel-reading, &c., [should be] carefully avoided.” (Via #1.)