* Google’s getting into the online encyclopedia biz
* The Hartford Courant is the most recent newspaper to deem book coverage unimportant
* Roberto Bolano is in The New Yorker. Also see Conversational Reading’s coverage of Bolano, and and all of our reviews and essays about him at The Quarterly Conversation.
* The Complete Review on Reading the OED (yes, that’s what you think it is):
A book about someone spending a year reading the over twenty-thousand pages of a dictionary does not sound particularly . . . continue reading, and add your comments
This ironic image found at No Caption Needed, which in this case lives up to its name
* For the sci-fi inclined, get in on Tor’s free ebook orgy while it still exists
* Does the Internet makes the new generation worse writers? A recent study finds changes in the kind of mistakes students make, but doesn’t attribute the changes to the digital environment:
One thing that Lunsford and Lunsford conclude is that when student writing from the mid-80s is compared to student writing today, “new error patterns” emerge. Of course, . . . continue reading, and add your comments
The University of Chicago publishes a new book of rarely seen Dorothea Lane photos. Press release, excerpt.
* Quarterly Conversation contributor Lee Rourke on the decline of the British avant-garde
* Paul Verhaughen, whom you’ll all remember as the author of the Pynchonesque work-in-translation Omega Minor, has a blog. I find it amazing that a guy capable of writing this on his blog didn’t get better publicity in the States:
I shoot an email back asking if I can have the money (4,950 euros, or about $7,500) donated . . . continue reading, and add your comments
Yes, you know Falling Man. But what about Falling Girl?
* In writing about the battle to keep Fernando Pessoa’s correspondence in Portugal, the NYT does a pretty good job of discussing the writer and his major works
* Borders becomes the latest online bookseller to offer downloadable audio books. Unfortunately, they force you to download through a clunky "media console" that’s Windows-only. And we wonder why Borders is going out of business.
* Max has some great news for Alvaro Mutis fans. If you’re not familiar . . . continue reading, and add your comments
The NY Times profiles library-ladder makers Putnam Rolling Ladder Company
* Not exactly news, but could someone with greater influence than I possess help The Guardian understand that they’re not obliged to cover every single Harry Potter-related story that comes down the pike?
* The Millions discusses anticipated books left to publish in 2008. And if you want more hot forthcoming books action, you can check the catalogs I run down regularly on Fridays and my two BEA roundups
* FC2 is getting dropped from the University . . . continue reading, and add your comments
How nonprofits will meet in the 21st century? From the flickr photostream Nonprofits in Second Life.
* More cutbacks in the Chicago Tribune and LAT book sections are likely
* NPR, by contrast, is upping its coverage
* Chad Post lets the cat out of the bag that NYRB will be publishing the 1600-page book on Borges by Morel-author and best friend Adolfo Bioy Casares (albeit, somewhat abridged)
* This just sounds odd: "The city of Frankfurt’s prestigious art museum, the Schirn, cancelled Friday its plans for a literary . . . continue reading, and add your comments
From the piece "Composition for Robert Walser," published at Words Without Borders
* Cody’s Books is now really, truly, and, one must accept, irrevocably, dead
* A new documentary exploring the life and death of Cody’s Books and Kepler’s bookstore will air on PBS in November
* Marcelo reports on Bolano’s literary executor, who possibly lost his job for writing a negative review. Marcelo also reproduces this quote from him, with which I need not state my agreement:
The way things are … the critic tends to act exactly like . . . continue reading, and add your comments
The Smithsonian now has a flickr photostream.
* Matt Cheney releases the TOC for Best American Fantasy 28
* Blackwells in the UK is testing out the so-called book ATM in one of its stores. At 40 pages per minute, you could POD a copy of Vollmann in under half an hour.
* The Wall Street Journal shows how Amazon shows its clout, turning a summer book into a bestseller:
Driving that unexpectedly heavy demand has been strong reviews and promotional support from Amazon.com. The Web retailer chose the . . . continue reading, and add your comments