Sigrid Nunez

OK, here comes the flood: Reviews of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King are rushing in—a full two weeks before its tax-day publication date.

Billy Joel’s memoir, The Book of Joel, was scheduled to come out with HarperCollins in June, but no more: The author has decided to not release the book. “It took working on writing a book to make me realize that I'm not all that interested in talking about the past.”

Chipp Kidd discusses how he came up with the cover design for Haruki Murakami's 1Q84.

The Poetry Foundation’s blog, Harriet, has assembled an excellent lineup of poets to post during National Poetry Month, which begins today.

Fiction writer Jon Raymond writes of his sole visit to the set of Mildred Pierce, Todd Haynes's HBO series based on the James Cain’s novel, for which Rayond cowrote the script: “Thus, my triumphant visit mostly consisted of sitting in [a] hangar, listening to the sounds of Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce simulating passionate first-time sex. . . It was a good afternoon.”

Sigrid Nunez talks about her new Susan Sontag memoir with Emily Gould, recalling Sontag’s matchmaking skills, her gifts as a mentor, and her fondness for saying “Don’t be so servile.”