Christine Schutt

Over at The Village Voice, Michael Musto devotes his entire column this week to his horrid situation with the publisher Alyson Books. Musto's Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back was supposed to be in stores on February 1st, but Alyson still hasn't published it, and hasn't been very forthcoming (at least not with Musto). We hope that Alyson, which is owned by Regent Media, sorts this out soon, because other books we're excited to read—namely Laurie Weeks's Zippermouth and Kevin Killian's Spread Eagle—are also in limbo.

"Get ready for ads in books," says the Wall Street Journal. The paper writes that ads in e-books are "inevitable." We can see it now, John Updike novels interrupted by plugs for Cialis, Candace Bushnell tomes peppered with even more Prada.

Want a chunk of literary history? How about J.D. Salinger's toilet? You know you want it.

The Awl points out that the opening of Jonathan Safran Foer's recent New Yorker story bears a lot of similarities to the opening of Jessica Soffer's Granta story.

Prose fetishists, mark your calendars: On October 6th, New York's Center for Fiction will host a panel discussion titled "On the Well-Tempered Sentence," which will feature Gary Lutz, Ben Marcus, John Haskell, and Christine Schutt.