- James Ellroy chats with the Times Magazine about Murder by the Book. (Did anyone catch the show last night?) The Times also gives us a little insight into Viggo Mortensen's literary side. (Something Lauren and I are fully aware of.)
- Our local paper gives Philip Roth a little love, while the Charlotte Observer chats up John Updike.
- Bud Parr flips for Etgar Keret in this review of The Nimrod Flipout. ( We completely agree with Mr. Parr and have been watching Keret for some time.)
- Over at the Millions, Max informs us that Michael Chabon is leaving the internet.
"Lately I have been suffering from Repetitive Strain Injury that makes typing a chore and clicking an agony. As I have been spending less time online I have found that I've lost interest in the web as a whole, and in my site in particular. I'm tired of having to maintain www.michaelchabon.com, but I hate that it gets stale, and so quickly. .."
Chabon's new novel, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, will be arriving in May.
Here at Chez Booker we've been happily listening to Chabon read his novel Summerland on disc—many, many discs. Our eldest has pronounced the work to be "AWESOME" —very high praise when you're 9—and we have especially enjoyed Chabon's evocative reading performance. Note to HarperCollins Books on Tape division: Chabon's work should be read only by Chabon.
- Everyone probably knows by now that November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) —a 175-page (50,000-word) novel in 30 days. But does everyone know the project now hosts its own podcast? Take a listen here. Also: NaNoWriMo gets a little WaPo attention here.
- Nominees for the 2007 Plug Awards have been announced for the "Music Blog of the Year." The list includes plenty of sites we've never heard of (we are decidedly and tragically un-hip) and one that hopelessly enthralls us: Largehearted Boy. Dave of LhB gives us a daily mix of literary tidbits, music downloads, DVD releases and some way cool regular features like Book Notes (Check out this BN post with LBC nominated author Sidney Thompson). Congrats on the well-deserved nomination.
- Another awe-inspiring blogging entity is Dan Wickett, the hardworking humanoid behind the Emerging Writers Network. Dan recently moderated a panel with some well-known literary editors. The results can be found here.
- Reb puts the Ugh! in UGGs and we could not agree more. (Reb will be stopping by at the end of the month with her annual holiday shopping guide—stay tuned!)
- And finally, here's a Plum link especially for Caroline: Jeeves and Wooster at the Hat Sharpening Shop a site "dedicated to the stories of P.G. Wodehouse, television adaptations and period music." Amen.