Dennis Cooper

The multitalented novelist Dennis Cooper has been chosen to participate in the 2012 Whitney Biennial with longtime collaborator Gisele Vienne, with whom he has recently collaborated on a handful of controversial (and in some cases critically acclaimed) theater shows. According to the New York Times, for the show, Cooper will “install a speaking robot."

It’s the economy, stupid: Robert Christgau ranks the best non-specialized books on the economy, naming Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera’s All the Devils Are Here and John Lanchester’s I.O.U. as his top picks.

Wiliam Faulkner’s hot toddy recipe, via his daughter: “He prepared it in the kitchen in the following way: Take one heavy glass tumbler. Fill approximately half full with Heaven Hill bourbon (the Jack Daniel’s was reserved for Pappy’s ailments). Add one tablespoon of sugar. Squeeze 1/2 lemon and drop into glass. Stir until sugar dissolves. Fill glass with boiling water. Serve with potholder to protect patient’s hands from the hot glass.”

And because most of the publishing industry is off this week, Galleycat is keeping the rest of us entertained with user-submitted photos of literary pets.