The National Theater in London is turning Katherine Boo’s prize-winning account of life in a Mumbai slum, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, into a stage production. For more on the book, read Jonathan Shainin’s review in Bookforum.
Joe Muto, the so-called “Fox Mole” who blogged anonymously for Gawker about his time working as a producer on the <em style="font-size: 10pt;">O’Reilly Factor,</em> pled guilty last weekend on charges of unlawful duplication of computer-related material and attempted criminal possession of computer-related material. Muto was fined $6,000, and ordered to serve ten days in jail and work 200 hours of community service.
Since its publication in Japan last month, Murakami’s latest novel, Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of His Pilgrimage, has been selling more than a million copies a week.
The Oxford English Dictionary is appealing to the public to help them track down “a mysterious, possibly pornographic” 1852 book that is the source of more than fifty words in the OED. So far, they haven’t had any luck. The words “extemporize,” “fringy,” and “revirginize” are cited as originating in Meanderings of Memory.
The Great Catsby: an adaptation of Fitzgerald’s classic novel, with cats.
The Telegraph skewers Dan Brown’s writing and sensitivity to critics: “Renowned author Dan Brown smiled, the ends of his mouth curving upwards in a physical expression of pleasure. He felt much better. If your books brought innocent delight to millions of readers, what did it matter whether you knew the difference between a transitive and an intransitive verb?”