W.G. Sebald

Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is being adapted into a movie starring Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks. It’s set to be released on Christmas Day. Here’s the trailer.

In the Times Higher Education supplement, Uwe Schütte, a former student of W.G. Sebald, reflects on Sebald’s tortured relationship to academia, and his final years teaching at the University of East Anglia.

What are the odds of Haruki Murakami winning the Nobel Prize for Literature? According to UK betting organization Ladbrookes, 8:1. The winner will be announced on Thursday.

A bookstore owner has busted a thief for selling New York Public Library books (mostly expensive graphic novels) to downtown sellers. “He would tear all the labels off of them so it would look like they were not from the library, [but] there were remnants of the stickers that used to be on the books,” East Village Books owner Donald Davis told the New York Post.

The Morning News excerpts photographer Chad States’ book Cruising, which documents anonymous gay sex in public parks.

A recommended reading list of self-help books from Paris Review editor Lorin Stein.

For your Monday amusement, a Freudian reading of the final terrifying scene in Fantasia.