Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, photo by Alex Klein from Dexter Sinister.

GalleyCat has created a “mixtape” sampler of links to books nominated for the NBCC awards (announced on Saturday) with free Amazon previews, while the New Yorker’s Book Bench has composed a list of links to profiles, reviews, and other pieces the magazine has run about the finalists.

Tonight at St. Mark's Bookshop, the legendary pandrogynous musician, artist, and writer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge will read from his book Thee Psychick Bible with author Lonley Christopher, whose new story collection The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse was just published by Akashic Books.

Dear Prudence: A collection of my letters will be published in 2012. Sincerely, John Lennon.

At the Financial Times, author Adam Haslett has written a fine article about style guides and “the art of good writing,” calling Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style “a book full of sound advice addressed to a class of all-male Ivy-Leaguers wearing neckties and with neatly parted hair. This, of course, is part of its continuing appeal. It is spoken in the voice of unquestioned authority.” Haslett compares Strunk and White’s classic guide to Stanley Fish’s new book, How to Write a Sentence and How to Read One, which Haslett says “offers a far richer introduction to the capacities of English language sentences. Why is this important? Because the form and rhythm of sentences communicates as much meaning as their factual content, whether we’re conscious of it or not.”

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