Bret Easton Ellis, via Brooklyn Vol. 1

Embrace hyperbole, and steal jargon from other professions—Darryl Campbell offers some advice for making book reviews sound less generic.

In honor of the temporary debt ceiling resolution, The Guardian runs a quiz about debt in literature.

Bret Easton Ellis, the author of the satire-slash-horror novel Lunar Park, and Paul Schrader, the screenwriter who brought you Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, are teaming up to produce a “shark-infested psychological horror” movie called Bait. (On a related note: at htmlgiant, Blake Butler writes an excellent meditation on the "humanity" of Ellis's American Psycho, which was published almost 20 years ago.)

The latest installment of the Neiman Journalism Lab’s “Why’s This So Good?” feature: Jay Kaspar Kang on Alma Guillermoprieto’s “Letter from Bogota.”

Our favorite trending literary Twitter hashtag #bookswithalettermissing