Weekend Bites: Ayn Rand’s Medicare Payments, Kafka’s Makeover, Nick Kroll and More

Ayn Rand received Social Security and Medicare payments under a false name.   Rand “despised government interference and felt that people should and could live independently… She didn’t feel that an individual should take help.” Kafka gets a makeover. A Stranger On The Planet By Adam Schwartz, is being hailed at the “first great Jewish novel of 2011.” J.D. Salinger was a real human being, just like you and me. Nick Kroll talks to A.V. Club.

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Weekend Bites: All Tomorrow’s Magazine Parties, Pank’s Queer Issue, Salinger’s Bio, Great Expectations Cake and More

La Petite Zine +  Annalemma Magazine are having their release parties together at Bruar Falls on Sunday. The very awesome Greenlight Bookstore turns 2 today (Saturday).  Go there, spend a hundred bucks, and they will give you a free tote bag. At PANK: The Queer issue is out. At Galley Cat: Upcoming J.D. Salinger biography coming very soon. At Time: An interview with Man Booker winner Howard Jacobson. At Boing Boing: “Great Expectations, the Miss Havisham Cake,” banned.

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Huffington Post Books Attempts to Create Bret Easton Ellis Scoop, Fails

Huffington Post Books tweeted that Bret Easton Ellis had broken his silence over controversial Twitter comments he made right after J.D. Salinger died. Me and about fifteen other dorks would really care, but the thing is, he talked about that months ago in an interview with Vice: Well, you’ve written my favorite Twitter that anybody’s ever written. What? The Salinger one. On the day he died, you posted: “Yeah!! Thank God he’s finally dead. I’ve been waiting for this day […]

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Weekend Bites: Cocteau Cult, The Salinger Plan, Intellectual War, Shteyngart’s Free Food, Playboy Cartoons, and More

The cult of Cocteau Want to try being like J.D. Salinger?  Don’t pay taxes, tweet, or keep the same e-mail address.  If that doesn’t work, just freak out about tiny things. A Ticket to the Circus, Norris Church Mailer’s memoirs about seeing Norman Mailer in the nude, is reviewed.  I think I’ve already made up my mind on this one. Good book people on Twitter. On Gary Shteyngart and food. Gahn Wilson’s Playboy cartoons get the book treatment. Intellectual feud: […]

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