1. Words Without Borders’ February issue is all comix! Or comix and graphics, to be more precise. But this is some pretty special stuff. I have a feeling this is going to be many people’s favorite WWB issue so far.
3. Anne Fernald says “I really think it’s a masterpiece”, and, well, I think she’s right. Wizard of the Crow is a magical, hilarious and very original new novel, and the Litblog Co-op is trying to get the world’s attention about this fact. We’ll be discussing Ngugi Wa Thiongo’s work (and hearing from the author directly in a podcast) later this week at the LBC blog.
4. I’ve recently been shouting about the ridiculous practice of hardcover-only book publishing (you may have noticed this). Well, I’m really glad to see developments like this. Yay, MacAdam/Cage! [via EWN].
5. Via Rake’s Progress, here’s a very good short film featuring James Joyce and Samuel Beckett on a golf course. “Ye think I’m fecking blind? Giving me a five [iron], and I the cock o’ the land?” Stuff like that.
6. Via Things, here’s Norman Mailer and Rip Torn in a fist fight. Reminds me of the Bears vs. the Colts. If Mailer could have looked ahead to The Larry Sanders Show, he would have known Rip Torn’s a tough bastard.