Young Steve Buscemi

Readers! The Dec/Jan issue of Bookforum hits stands this week, featuring Jeff Sharlet on Occupy Wall Street, Natasha Vargas-Cooper on Norman Mailer and Marilyn Monroe, Dennis Lim on Haruki Murakami, and lots, lots, more.

Also, it’s Occupy Wall Street week on—throughout the week, we’ll be running essays by Will Bunch, Sarah Leonard, and Aaron Lake Smith.

Jonathan Lethem will be at the Occupy Wall Street Library today at 3:30 for a teach-in. Lethem recently contributed the story "Tickling the Corpse" to the Occupy Writers blog.

Steve Buscemi is directing an adaptation of William Burroughs’ novel Queer, starring Guy Pearce, Ben Foster, and Kelly MacDonald.

Why did Martin Amis decline to authorize Richard Bradford’s biography? Bradford’s fawning take on the writer wasn’t the issue, Geoff Dyer suggests. No, rather, “Amis is hyper-allergic to bad writing and seeing his life half-swaddled in Bradford’s sentences must have induced anaphylactic shock.”

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s book Poor Economics has been named the FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year.

What better place to hold a launch party for a book about the CIA’s role in Che Guevara’s murder than the Cuban Mission to the United Nations?