Alas, we disagree about which Times book reviewer we'll side with (in a movie review, for instance, do I trust Academy Award winner Ron Howard to give an honest critique of the latest film by his buddy, Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg — or do I trust someone like Roger Ebert to be a little more honest and a little less gentle?) — but we'll just have to read Roth's book and make up our own minds, I guess. (The horror! The horror!)
- Kaavya Viswanathan is now yesterday's (well, last week's) news... but Alloy Entertainment continues to suffer heavy scrutiny, this time by the Boston Globe, which finds:
More than books for reading, Alloy titles are content packages, with potential for advertising and cross-marketing. The Alloy website says, ''Advertisers have the opportunity to get their products or services cast in these best-selling books. The value of these mentions far exceeds the hundreds of thousands of readers, creating a viral product buzz."
Sounds like they need to push that product placement a little harder — the Globe piece goes on to quote a recent SEC filing that indicates Alloy has "an accumulated deficit of approximately $254 million." Perhaps it's time for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Diesel Jeans?
- I could probably listen to Stephen Fry debate Christopher Hitchens forever. (Via Edward Champion's Return of the Reluctant.)
- Novelist Gail Godwin is profiled by Elfrieda Abbe in the latest issue of The Writer magazine — and you can read the piece on Powells.com right here.
- The next episode of LiveWire! will feature an original essay by author and Powells.com favorite Marc Acito; Oregonian television critic Peter Ames Carlin, who will discuss his book, Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson; and music by Stephen Malkmus, formerly of Pavement and now of the arguably better (argue away!) Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks. You can catch it live at the Aladdin Theater on Thursday, May 18th, or wait for the OPB broadcast.
- At last — Haruki Murakami in comic book form! I've always thought it would make his work just that much better. (Via Maud Newton.)
- Please note: There will be no First Paragraph Preview this week, as Dave has been temporarily shut down for maintenance and repairs. We hope to have Dave Weich 1.5 fully functional by next week. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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