At Slate, David Haglund takes a look back at a homophobic 1999 book review written by John Updike. He wasn’t keen on gay people, and he’d already been labeled a misogynist. Now we’re convinced the only people John Updike liked were Ted Williams and Jewish writers.
- One of our favorite writers, Jami Attenberg, spends some time seeing if people pick up free copies of her book at a coffee shop.
- Keith Gessen went to Occupy Wall Street. We heard a rumor he took cues from Jami Attenberg, and left copies of All the Sad Young Literary Men at the Occupy Wall Street library to see if people would take them. (That’s not true. Sorry.)
- The National Book Awards (the only NBA you’ll get this year) announced their finalists.
- An English bookstore owner allegedly distributed extremist books and videos in a bid to encourage attacks by Muslims. That’s probably one indie you shouldn’t support.
- Lewis Lapham hangs out at Google.
- Tom Scharpling, Marc Maron, and Ira Glass together in one room, one night only!