We're deeply excited about "Reading Life," a new weekly column in the New York Times by "world-class noticer" Geoff Dyer.

By Peter Stackpole, from a 1953 Life Magazine spread.

He might not be the writer we want, but is Tao Lin the writer the digital generation deserves?

The New Yorker's Book Bench flags the emergence of 'hipster lit' as a bookstore category, and wonders, rightly, where the women writers are.

Saul Bellow, Anthony Burgess, and Tobias Wolff all have first novels that are best forgotten, but among the three, Wolff has gotten closest to scrubbing his debut effort, Ugly Rumours, from publishing history, Elon Green writes at The Awl.

Britain's House of Lords launches an inquiry into how the decline of newspapers will affect investigative journalism.

“The fact is that Borders has been facing headwinds for for quite some time, including a rapidly changing book industry, the eReaders revolution, and a turbulent economy,” company officials write in their sign-off email. “We put up a great fight, but regrettably, in the end, we weren't able to overcome these external forces.”

At the London Review of Books, Alan Bennett waxes poetic about libraries.

Rolling blackouts, packed hospitals, and oven-like temperatures: Malcolm Gladwell considers the 1995 Chicago heat wave, and its political consequences.

The Telegraph excerpts part of Julian Barnes’ new novel, The Sense of an Ending.

Iran’s 72-year-old Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, lashed out against “harmful books” on Wednesday (i.e., ones that challenge his political authority) comparing them to "poisonous" drugs.

Noted YA author Ayn Rand, courtesy of The Wit Continuum

Media used to be full of moguls, but no longer: The Economist opines that Rupert Murdoch is “the last member of a dying breed.”

The Hangover star Bradley Cooper gets cast as Lucifer in a new film adaptation of “Paradise Lost.”

Why was Ayn Rand such a bestseller? “Because she writes the best children’s literature in America,” former editor Patrick O’Connor told The Millions’ Gary Percesepe. “The Fountainhead is practically a rite of passage for alienated youth. She writes these epic, Wagnerian things. Where the sex takes place on the very highest plane and it speaks to the kids’ highest aspirations, their youthful idealism. It’s all YA stuff.”

More than eighteen thousand scientific papers downloaded from JSTOR have been uploaded to Swedish torrenting website Pirate Bay as a single, thirty-three gigabyte file.

Triple Canopy has released part of its new issue online.

And, finally on Borders’ demise: Yahoo! News looks at how the book chain’s closure will ripple across the country; paidContent considers the biggest losers from the Borders bankruptcy; NPR examines what Borders’ demise means for bookstores, authors and readers; GalleyCat blames Amazon for the chain’s collapse; and even though Barnes & Noble will get a modest boost from the liquidation of its largest rival, it still faces stiff competition and an industry-wide decline in book sales.