Renata Adler and Joan Didion in 1978

According to Random House’s website, the reissue of Renata Adler’s amazing novels Speedboat and Pitch Dark, which will be released by New York Review Books in February, will include an interview between Adler and the ultrasharp-eyed New York Times Style-section reporter Guy Trebay.

"I think you'll find her most unusual and most controversial:" Slate tracks down original footage of Ayn Rand on the Johnny Carson Show.

Rumor has it that Apple may become the sponsor of the UK literary prize formerly known as the Orange Prize for Fiction. The prize, which recognizes novels written by women, was threatened this May when the cell-phone operator Orange withdrew its sponsorship.

Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yan Martel’s bestselling novel Life of Pi is slated to open the New York Film Festival next month—the first 3D film ever to do so.

The Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary gets its annual update: Among the words making their debut in the 2012 Merriam-Webster are “sexting,” “f-bomb,” “craft beer,” “life coach,” “energy drink,” and “gastropub.” The Atlantic Wire has the a full list here, as well as a q&a with Peter Sokolowski, one of the dictionary’s editors.

How to best know a country through writing? By reading many of that country’s stories, and not just one, says Nigerian fiction writer Chimamanda Adichie in this excellent talk.

“Magazines, all kinds of them, don’t work very well in the marketplace anymore,” writes New York Times reporter David Carr.

Roughly half a year shy of its sixth birthday, the “social networking for book lovers” website Goodreads hit the ten-million-user mark this week.

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