We enjoyed this profile of poet and critic Stephen Burt (Close Calls with Nonsense), who is not only "heir to the intellectual mantle long held by giants like Harold Bloom and Helen Vendler" but an "unabashed cross-dresser."

Monica Lewinski is "shopping a top-secret book project," the New York Press reports.

Gore Vidal

The Observer wonders who’s sick of Naomi Wolf's Vagina and responds: everybody. Wolf’s latest opus has been taken down by the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, Slate, and the Observer (and by Natasha Vargas-Cooper in our fall issue). Meanwhile, readers attempting to buy the e-book in the Apple iTunes store are encountering a different problem. Apple has deemed the title too explicit, and changed it to Va.

In honor of Roald Dahl’s birthday today, Puffin is making his classics James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Danny, Champion of the World, George’s Marvelous Medicine, Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and The Twits available as e-books.

O/R Books has acquired four previously unpublished interviews with Gore Vidal conducted by Jon Wiener. The interviews will be published in November under the title I Told You So: Gore Vidal Talks Politics.

Also in O/R Books news, the publisher is offering to send readers free copies of their satire Fifty Shades of Louisa May to anybody who sends in a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. They assure readers that their version is not only better than the original, but also illustrated with “X-rated woodcuts.”

NPR is teaming up with the Paris Review to launch their three-minute fiction contest this weekend on the radio show All Things Considered. The Paris Review staff will choose the finalists, and the winner will be published in the magazine. On September 18, Alexander Chee, Paula Bomer, Christopher Beha, Elissa Schappell, and others will read their three-minute stories at Brooklyn's Public Assembly.

For your amusement: the David Foster Wallace endnote generator.

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