Just what makes Downton Abbey the most popular costume drama in years?
- Colin Meloy of The Decemberists/writer of The Wildwood Chronicles, Book 1, was on this week’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
- Do you have what it takes to be the managing editor of Rookiemag.com? Tavi Gevinson is looking for a managing editor, and it could possibly be the funnest job ever.
- Christopher Hitchens on Joan Didion’s new book, Blue Nights, at Vanity Fair.
- Sylvia Plath is getting her very own stamp.
- The New York Times documents the plight of St. Mark’s Bookstore.
- With that in mind, is the death of Borders really good for indies? (Note: there was no Borders anywhere near St. Marks Bookstore. Not sure we can blame them for the high rent issue.)
- All Songs Considered wants to educate you on Gram Parsons.