Art for a Mexican horror magazine.

Wikipedia will be shut down on Wednesday, January 18, in protest against SOPA, anti-piracy legislation that's currently under debate in Congress.

"#Outsourced2India Namaste, everyone! This is the Real Gary Shteyngart from NYC, USA!"—Gary Shteyngart outsources his Tweets.

The Obama campaign and administration have collected tens of thousands of Americans' "mini-memoirs" over the past several years. Can they be used to more accurately target voters?

Bookstore sales fell 8.6 percent in November—the steepest decline all year.

Here's the first part of Sheila Heti's Believer interview with Joan Didion.

Will twenty-eight-year-old Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes buy the New Republic?

Via Boing Boing, here's a gallery of Mexican horror magazine cover art.


Still from Stephen Elliot's Cherry

How Ben Lerner's knockout debut Leaving the Atocha station has gotten its publisher, Minnesota's Coffee House Press some long-overdue attention. Read Deb Olin Unferth's review of the novel from our Fall issue.

Cherry, the first feature film by novelist and Rumpus editor Stephen Elliott, will debut at the Berlin International Film Festival next month. The movie stars Heather Graham, Dev Patel, and (naturally) James Franco.

Zadie Smith inaugurates Guernica's Writers Bloc series with a talk on global education.

Reporters can't talk to citizens without special permission, and the bureau chief will remain in Seoul, but the AP has opened its first news bureau in North Korea.

Josh Cohen on transporting sixty heavy copies of online magazine Triple Canopy's new anthology from New York to Berlin.


Memoirist Lil Wayne

Under a promotion with Harper Collins, British kids will get books instead of toys with their Happy Meals for the next four weeks.

The end of an era, as announced on Twitter: “This is the final post from @Borders. We hope you'll follow @BNBuzz for reading recommendations, exclusive author content, deals & more.” And yes, @BNBuzz is Barnes and Noble.

Mary Karr’s elegy for Christopher Hitchens (who she only met twice).

The trailer for the new Wes Anderson movie is now online. It’s called Moonrise Kingdom, and we have to agree with Slate’s accessment: with it’s twee soundtrack and child-heavy cast, it “feels as though we have taken one step closer to the Platonic ideal of a Wes Anderson Movie.”

Grand Central is putting out Lil Wayne’s prison memoirs. "We are thrilled to be publishing Wayne’s prison memoir," executive editor Ben Greenberg said in a press release today. "He kept detailed journals of his inner and outer life while he was on Rikers Island, and they certainly tell a story. They are revealing."

After Remnick, Wintour and Carter, who’s next in line to edit Conde Nast’s flagship publications?


Caitlin Flanagan

Amazon is going into business with “America’s favorite librarian” Nancy Peal by launching a Book Lust Rediscoveries line dedicated to bringing back her favorite out-of-print books. Meanwhile, indie bookstores are battling Amazon by going into publishing, and Salon’s Laura Miller resolves to give up her Amazon habit in 2012.

Rumor has it that Apple’s January 19th press event (which will be held at the Guggenheim) is going to be about about the future of e-books, and specifically, “textbooks. Ebooks. E-textbooks.”

Evan Hughes explains why James Franco’s Hart Crane biopic is boring—in spite of Crane’s melodramatic life.

The Awl has launched a curated music video web-station. So much for work.

“Joan Didion’s crime,” Caitlin Flanagan writes at the Atlantic, “artistic and personal—is the one of which all of us will eventually be convicted: she got old. Her writing got old, her perspective got old, her bag of tricks didn’t work anymore." To see Flanagan get a dose of her own medicine, read Heather Havrilesky on Flanagan’s new book, Girl Land, in our winter issue.


Tonight at the Poetry Project, join us for a reading by Bookforum editor/poet Albert Mobilio and novelist/art critic Lynn Crawford.

Moe Angelos in "Sontag: Reborn." Photo by James Gibbs.

Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart, home of Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Leonard Cohen and Alice Munro, has just been bought by Random House.

Lev Grossman rounds up the seven books he’s most looking forward to in 2012. Noting that they’re all written by white dudes, The Rumpus’s Roxane Gay writes an addendum: “A Random, Deeply Subjective Selection of Books I Am Looking Forward To in 2012 Mostly Written by Women but Also Some Men.”

Portrait of the intellectual as a young woman: Moe Angelos’s “Sontag: Reborn” is a new play about the “artist (and thinker) in the process of self-creation.” It’s based on her journals, and spans the years 1947 to 1963.

“Dear Bernard-Henri Levy, We have rien in common except that we are both rather contemptible individuals. A specialist in farcical stunts, you dishonour even the white shirts you always wear unbuttoned to the waist. You are an intimate of the powerful, you wallow in immense wealth and are a philosopher without an original idea. Moi? I'm just a redneck. A nihilist. An unremarkable author with no style.” Jim Crace channels Michel Houellebecq in a review of Public Enemies, a dialogue between Houellebecq and Henri-Levy.

The Omnivore website (not to be confused with our own omnivore) inaugurates their Hatchet Job of the Year award, designed to promote the most "angry, funny and trenchant" book reviews.


What causes that old-book smell in libraries? According to Popular Science, it’s cellulose decay caused by the breakdown of lingin, a compound typically found in paper pulp.

The view from Dennis Cooper's window in Paris.

What happens in bookshops when nobody’s looking: a stop-motion animation video set in Toronto’s Type bookstore.

Echoes of Simon Reynolds? At Vanity Fair, Kurt Andersen argues that for the past two decades, pop culture has been stuck in a feedback loop: “The past is a foreign country, but the recent past—the 00s, the 90s, even a lot of the 80s—looks almost identical to the present. This is the First Great Paradox of Contemporary Cultural History.”

Roald Dahl stamps are now available in the UK.

Did he father a child out of wedlock? Does he have a much-younger mistress? Right-wing Turkish media outlets are using unsubstantiated tabloid tactics to undermine novelist and political dissident Orhan Pamuk.

What Can X Teach Us About Y? Slate calculates that at least eighteen books coming out in 2012 have titles that follow that formula, and via a nifty quiz, challenges readers to guess what they are.


Still from Norwegian Wood

Is Twitter ushering in a new, better kind of relationship between authors and readers?

The movie adaptation of Haruki Muramaki's Norwegian Wood is now in theaters.

Via NPR, how self-publishing “paranormal romances” earned 27-year-old author Amanda Hocking over $2 million and a book deal last year.

Barnes & Noble has dropped its Nook e-reader, betting that it “can't finance the future of the book business while it's still lashed to the past of the book business.”

Courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Samuel Beckett’s doodlings.

At the New York Review of Books blog, Janet Malcolm free associates about the papers of a mid-century New York emigre psychiatrist, and Hilton Als free associates about Janet Malcolm.


James Franco, making his author face.

It’s especially easy to hate on James Franco now that Amazon has bought his first novel, but at Slate, David Haglund speculates why the book might actually be good.

The Associated Press is teaming up with twenty-eight other news organizations to start an organization dedicated to "licens[ing] original news content and collect[ing] royalties from aggregators."

“The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Mayer,” “Slaughterhouse Five Guys Burgers and Fries,” “In Search of Lost Timex (or, Swann's Wayfarers)”; and “Tropicana of Cancer” are our favorites contributions to the |#!/search?q=%23bookproductplacement|funniest new Twitter hashtag,| #bookproductplacement.

The February issue of Vanity Fair features Christopher Hitchens’ final column, on Charles Dickens.

Can good design help save the mass-market paperback?

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is betting big on Alison Bechdel’s nonfiction graphic novel, Are You My Mother, giving it a first print run of 100,000 copies.


Getrude Stein

Longtime New York Times veteran David Kelly has been named the deputy editor of the Times’ Book Review.

After nearly thirty years at the alt weekly, the Village Voice has laid off crackerjack film critic—and Bookforum contributor—J. Hoberman.

Live in New York and want to attend a forty-eight hour reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans? Then the launch event for online magazine Triple Canopy’s new space might be up your alley.

We’re marking our calendars: On March 11 at the Museum of the Moving Image, Geoff Dyer will give a talk called “Tarkovsky, Cinema, and Life.”

Check out the trailer for Ben Marcus’s new novel, The Flame Alphabet.

Issue 16 of arts and literary quarterly The Thing features a short story by Dave Eggers. Printed on a shower curtain.

Jason Diamond ponders the connection between literature and menswear. (May we add a footnote? A clothing display at Open Ceremony, Broadway near 30th Street, features James Hannaham’s God Says No.)

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