Last month, the New York Times gave Jon-Jon Goulian the triple-crown treatment, devoting three articles to the literary-party mainstay whose memoir, The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt, was set to make him one of “the season's publishing darlings.” But according to the Awl and the New York Post’s Page Six, Goulian’s book, for which Random House paid a reported $700,000 advance, has sold only 957 copies in the first month.
NPR's Fresh Air remembers historian Tony Judt.
Christopher Frizzelle, editor of the alt-weekly The Seattle Stranger, claims that novelist Tao Lin and his publisher, Melville House’s Dennis Loy Johnson, “aren’t really speaking to each other.” The problem, Frizzelle quotes Lin as saying, is that Johnson “didn't approve of the relationship” in Lin’s most recent novel, Richard Yates.
David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas—a book in which “six interlocking narratives spanned centuries and continents, each one written in a voice so convincing and distinctive it could have supported an ambitious novel of its own”—will be filmed in Berlin.
Only connect: Galleycat lists the ten most prominent social networks for readers, including the newcomer InReads.
Word Bookstore in Brooklyn launches its literary karaoke series.
At New York Magazine, A Visit from the Goon Squad author Jennifer Egan reflects on her controversial quote about chick lit, gives props to Emma Donoghue’s Room, and reveals what she listens to while running (“a lot of Eminem”).