1. I’m so glad that Charles J. Shields’s biography of Kurt Vonnegut (whose birthday is today!) is finally out. I’ve been looking forward to And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life for a long time — though now that it’s out I’ve got a few other books to get through before I can begin. This will be my slow pleasure reading for the holiday season.
2. A complete reading of Herman Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street has been staged in the atrium of 60 Wall Street by an impressive bunch of New York literary folk including Justin Taylor, Ryan Champan, Maud Newton, Allison Devers and Stephen Elliot. I couldn’t make it, though the pictures in the link above bring back big memories for me. I worked in 60 Wall many years ago (it was on the 17th floor of this building that I first encountered the Internet and wrote the initial pages for Literary Kicks). I probably sat in this very atrium reading Bartleby at the time too.
3. Speaking of Occupy (and we’ll be speaking more of Occupy here this weekend) … GalleyCat gave me the idea to create a Litkicks Digital Annex to the Occupy Wall Street Library, featuring a few philosophical or society-minded books that I consider relevant to the scene on the street.
4. Confessions of A Would-be Salonnière: My Favorite Twenty-first Century Salons is by Litkicks contributor Claudia Moscovici. Glad to see Litkicks gets a premium spot on Claudia’s list.
5. Next week it begins! This blog will be taken over, during the next several days at least, by a visual tribute to J. D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey, which was published 50 years ago. This should be good …