Susan Sontag, the David Wu of her time. Photo by Annie Leibovitz

The Los Angeles Times has laid off all of its freelance book reviewers.

ThinkProgress blogger Matt Yglesias has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to write a “relatively short relatively cheap e-book” on housing policy: The Rent is Too Damn High.

In the August issue of Vanity Fair, Dave Eggers chats with Maurice Sendak about Bumble-Ardy, the first book that Sendak has written and illustrated in over three decades.

Queried by The Observer about her contribution to soon-to-launch zine Girl Crush (a publication in which ladies air their admiration for female role models), Jennifer Egan admitted that she had no idea what a ‘zine’ looks like nowadays, then chose Hillary Clinton as her ‘girl crush’ for being “consistently amazing.”

Elsewhere, Egan’s short fiction is starting to look suspiciously utilitarian.

The Library of Congress is looking for docents, and books are bursting through the wall at a Portland ad agency.

And to start your morning right: Susan Sontag at her desk in a bear suit.

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