“But then I think I suffer from one of the prejudices of my age, and perhaps a peculiarly American one, more than I might like, as, well, it drives me crazy in others. This is the belief that a writer must necessarily be a good person—or a person I have any affinity with at all—if I have an affinity with their work.” Alexander Chee on Janet Malcolm on Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.
- MobyLives has a breakdown of the current clash between Amazon and IPG. Jim Hanas offers the perspective of a writer caught in the middle of it.
- Congratulations to Hobart, who have had two stories selected for inclusion in this year’s Best American Short Stories anthology.
- Judy Blume is a Ryan Gosling fan. Anyone want to take a bet on how many Tumblrs are born from this story?
- Chris Onstad: ace comics maker, fine food writer, and maker of excellent breakroom truffles.