Christian Bale in American Pyscho
Philip Levine is our new Poet Laureate.
A former employee of the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, has confessed to embezzling over $1 million from the author’s estate. While many authors’ homes are under financial duress, the LA Times notes, most “are not systematically plundered."
Big British book chains are closing stores early as riots spread across London.
You’ll never get a table at Dorsia, but the Harvard Club, Indochine, and the Four Seasons still take reservations: A New York City movie scout rounds up the real-life locations featured in American Pyscho.
Boosted largely by e-books, adult and YA fiction, the publishing industry is enjoying a revival, with book sales jumping 5.6 percent since 2008. “We’re seeing a resurgence, and we’re seeing it across all markets—trade, academic, professional,” a publishing executive tells the New York Times.
Not even the Conde Nast elevator is safe from Twitter.
Selections from Thomas Pynchon’s Spotify playlist: “People Are Strange,” “Wipeout,” and “Something Happened to Me Yesterday."