1. It’s an honor to review the first posthumous Kurt Vonnegut book (and, in a way, the final note in his career) at The Quarterly Conversation.
2. Another good piece in this issue: Richard Grayson on his experience publishing his own book. My own experiences with print-on-demand indie publishing have been about equally mixed. It’s a hell of a way to try to make a living.
3. More in this vein: Richard Nash muses on the plight of modern publishing.
4. So does Chad Post.
5. And we all know what’s the real future of publishing: it comes in a flavor called TCP-IP. I’m not in the habit of reading Vanity Fair magazine, but this is a good piece, an extensive oral history of the birth and nurturing of the public internet, featuring early players like Vint Cerf, Bob Metcalfe and Marc Andreessen, put together by Keenan Mayo and Peter Newcomb.
6. Congrats to Elizabeth Wurtzel for getting a law degree! Though I have to correct Gawker — she’s not a lawyer till she passes the bar. Ask JFK Jr (sorry).
8. In exactly one month … Caryn and I are getting married.