Etgar Keret

Featuring Philip Larkin and Kingsley Amis: The Guardian releases an e-book on jazz.

The Mitt Romney word cloud: "smooth, smart, slick; detached, disciplined, dogged; pragmatic, protean, phony; careful, cautious, calculating." Michiko Kakutani reviews The Real Romney, a bio of the likely GOP nominee by Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman.

On the fiction front, at FSG's Works in Progress site, Gary Shteyngart Reads Etgar Keret’s “What, of This Goldfish, Would You Wish?” and The Telegraph runs Lydia Davis's newest story, "The Landing."

Conde Nast has signed up to take on 133,000 additional square feet of office space at the new 1 World Trade Center site.

Fodder for optimists: at least forty new independent bookstores opened in 2011.