- Lost and Found: Sadly, we haven't heard from our beloved Lost blogger J. Wood in a long time, even after several emails, so we can't offer an update on his health — and it doesn't appear he'll be writing for us.
With the final season premiering next Tuesday, we wish we had his blog posts to look forward to.
However, GalleyCat has a couple of interviews to satisfy literary Lost lovers. The first is with Chad W. Post, who does a bit of J. Wood action (from the looks of it) by analyzing "the countless literary references on the television show Lost" on his blog, Three Percent. (That interview goes live tomorrow.)
Right now we are seriously jealous of GalleyCat.
- Start Reading: The National Book Critics Circle Award finalists have been announced:
Diana Athill, Somewhere Towards the End
Debra Gwartney, Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love
Mary Karr, Lit: A Memoir
Kati Marton, Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America
Edmund White, City Boy: My Life in New York During the 1960s and '70s
Blake Bailey, Cheever: A Life
Brad Gooch, Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor
Benjamin Moser, Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector
Stanislao G. Pugliese, Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone
Martha A. Sandweiss, Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line
Eula Biss, Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays
Stephen Burt, Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry
Morris Dickstein, Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression
David Hajdu, Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture
Greg Milner, Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music
Wendy Doniger, The Hindus: An Alternative History
Greg Grandin, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City
Richard Holmes, The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science
Tracy Kidder, Strength in What Remains
William T. Vollmann, Imperial
And the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award will go to the insanely prolific Joyce Carol Oates.
Book News Round-up:
- The Chronicle of Higher Education interviews Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of 36 Arguments for the Existence of God.
Click here to read Goldstein's original essay for Powells.com.
- The Los Angeles Times interviews Philip K. Dick's daughter about the mind-bending author's final days.
- Today marks the official launch of inkpop, which Publishers Weekly calls "an interactive writing platform and community for teenagers created by the HarperTeen imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books." (Via.)
- More salivation over Apple tablet rumors. The truth is coming... soon!
- The secret to having a bestseller on Amazon's Kindle? Give it away for free.
- All it takes is the inclusion of "oral sex" to prompt officials to pull that steamy, tawdry, sizzling-hot slice of hardcore pornography known as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary from school shelves.
What the heck are kids going to read under the covers by flashlight now?
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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.
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