The victory party for St. Marks Bookshop’s rent reduction is tonight from 5:30 to 7:30. It’s also the store’s thirty-fourth birthday party, so don't forget to get the staff something nice.

Hunter S. Thompson

Egypt's longest-running literary magazine, Adab wa Naqd (Literature and Criticism), may close after twenty-seven years due to financial troubles.

Daniel Radcliffe, better known as Harry Potter, may replace Jesse Eisenberg as a young Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, a forthcoming film about “poetry, gay stalkers and murder in 1940s New York.”

At The Los Angeles Review of Books, Glen David Gold considers the transactional nature of literary friendships: "It’s hard to explain to writing students that there are pods of very friendly, arguably moral authors who treat each other as if the literary life is led on a firing range. They meet you alertly, brightly drawing from natty holsters their own signs of power, rank and aid, and then requesting that you do the same. They aren’t evil, really, and the impulse behind it is so close to camaraderie it almost smells right."

Speaking of literature coming to the screen, director David Milch, the director behind Deadwood and NYPD Blue, has struck a deal with HBO to produce a series of movies and TV shows based on the works of William Faulkner.

Four first-time novelists make the New York Times's list of the ten best books of 2011.

"I warned you not to write that vicious trash about me," begins a letter Hunter S. Thompson wrote to erstwhile biographer William McKeen. "Now you better get fitted for a black eyepatch in case one of yours gets gouged out by a bushy-haired stranger in a dimly-lit parking lot. How fast can you learn Braille?" And it ends: "You are scum."

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