End-of-week-original-content-roundup! This week at Bookforum.com:
Justin Taylor considers Jess Row’s new story collection: “The stories in Nobody Ever Gets Lost, take us from Thailand to the Punjab to New York City (and elsewhere around the Northeast), but wherever they touch down we find the same thing: psychically wounded people stunned by a world at once too vast and too small.”
In our syllabi section, Alex Aciman considers the pleasures of deviancy and what we love about the anti-heroes of 19th century novels.
Adam Plunkett examines "Why Critics Praise Bad Poetry."
Ed Park, "the wizard of whimsy," now at Amazon Publishing.
From Triple Canopy’s literary issue, selections from David Wojnarowicz's archives.
Rumor alert: Facebook may introduce a “read” button (that’s past tense) in addition to “listened” and “watched” buttons.
Bill Clinton’s next book, Back to Work, will be published this November by Knopf.
Because New York (and children) don’t produce enough smells on their own, a new Kickstarter project is fundraising for a scratch n’ sniff children’s book about New York.
Here’s an excerpt from William Gibson’s novel, Zero History, in which the protagonist attempts to use Twitter: "He was registered, now, as GAYDOLPHIN2. No followers, following no one. Whatever that meant. And his updates, whatever those were, were protected."
So much for reading time: the MTA has announced that starting next week, select New York City subway stops will get cell phone service. (But not if you’re a Verizon customer).