Bush tries to convince Congress and the country that his torture legislation is a move toward clarity; Dahlia Lithwick calls bullshit, arguing that the law would only engender more of the “murk and confusion” that “has begun to be the object of [Bush’s] game and not a casualty of it.”
“A new biography of Irène Némirovsky reveals an author less saintly than her current readers might like to believe,” Paul La Farge argues.
Jamaican-Miamian Geoffrey Philp has started up a series of five-question interviews with Caribbean and South Floridian writers at his site. So far he’s talked with Kwame Dawes, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, and Preston Allen.
Brazilian film director Fernando Meirelles will direct a film based on José Saramago’s Blindness. (Via.)
Andrew Bromfield has translated Sergei Lukyanenko’s Night Watch, “the Russian sci-fi novel that the wildly successful film of the same name was based upon,” into English.
Prompted by the news that J.K. Rowling, stopped by airport security, refused to check her latest book-in-progress, Tayari Jones wonders where most writers keep their manuscripts. (Like Jones, I lug pieces of mine everywhere. Earlier this year I tried using a flash drive, but lost it — and a month of work — somewhere in my own apartment.)