Tomorrow, August 20th, is the 120th birthday of H.P. Lovecraft.
- Lev Grossman talks some Virginia Woolf. Remember last year when he wrote about Virginia’s husband in The Believer? (We’re just trying to give you things to read this weekend.)
- The short list is announced for the St. Francis literary prize. The writers and their nominated books are: Kevin Brockmeier, The Illumination; Joshua Cohen, Witz; Jonathan Dee, The Privileges; Yiyun Li, Gold Boy Emerald Girl; Marlene van Niekerk, Agaat; and Brad Watson, Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives.
- The Finnish Saul Bellow?
- Vanessa Veselka is considered a “hipster” and “buzzworthy.”
Freethe West Memphis Three look like they’re getting sprung.
- If you needed any more incentive to see Jeff Mangum do Neutral Milk Hotel songs, here you go.