Clarice Lispector

The five year dispute over the estate of philanthropist and author Brooke Astor has been settled, according to the Wall Street Journal. Among the beneficiaries will be the New York Public Library (NYPL), who will recieve about $15 million.

The New York Times calls on readers to complete one of the suggested exercises in Draw It With Your Eyes Closed, Paper Monument’s new book on the art of the art assignment, which Jerry Saltz calls “a catheter to the creative self. An instant indispensable classic. An art-school in a book; and a lot cheaper.” n+1 takes on an assignemnt, hurling books and apples—among other things—out of their office window.

In the New York Times, Joel Stein has harsh words for adults who read YA lit: “The only thing more embarrassing than catching a guy on the plane looking at pornography on his computer is seeing a guy on the plane reading The Hunger Games.”

Nick Flynn talks with Guernica about the process of adapting his memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, for the big screen. The first thing they adapted is the title itself: The movie version is called Being Flynn.

At the TLS blog, David Horspool identifies one of the big book cover trends of 2012—legs—and tries to figure out what these legs mean. “Most of the legs belong to girls, and it has been suggested that if the feet are turned in, that means pathos, if not downright misery. One foot kicked up, and you can expect laughs, or at least some bitter-sweetness.”

In the name of public health, Argentine customs authorities are now required to intercept all foreign books and magazines coming into the country in order to check the lead levels in their ink.

We really enjoyed this video of translator, art critic, and literary biographer Benjamin Moser talking about "the great Clarice Lispector—the sphinx of Rio de Janeiro."