A very happy 49th birthday to Jarvis Cocker.
Salman Rushdie’s Joseph Anton is out this week. Rushdie spoke to Charles McGrath at the New York Times, and Sarah Weinman looks at the books of Rushdie’s ex-wife Marianne Wiggins.
Eric Nelson on the time Patton Oswalt showed up at Brooklyn Fireproof.
Dylan Meconis on ways you should not write comics criticism.
Steve Stern’s The Book of Mischief, reviewed.
Warren Ellis on Stephen Baxter’s Northland Trilogy.
Robert Christgau on Dylan Hicks’s latest album.