1. Mark Sarvas and his readers have proposed a whole bunch of new types of “lit” (shtick lit, hick lit, quick lit). I’d like to turn the tables and suggest one that’s clearly in the air today: “Lit lit”. These are books about characters obsessed with literature (see Possession by A. S. Byatt). Note that both Mark Sarvas’s upcoming Harry, Revised and Keith Gessen’s upcoming All the Sad Young Literary Men feature images of books on their covers (a Penguin Classic for Sarvas, a Moleskine for Gessen).
2. I’ll be dropping by the Bowery Poetry Club for a quick poetry happy hour tonight at 6:30. The last time I read there, a bongo player was promised but never arrived, but tonight I am assured there will be bongos. Please come by if you can!
3. Via Quick Study, here’s some alleged filmed footage of a late-in-life Friedrich Nietzsche staring into space from a hospital bed. There is some question as to whether or not this moving image is fake, but it does not appear fake to me. Nietzsche certainly does project a powerful presence in this film fragment, and that’s a hell of a mustache.
5. This brief Onion news item is strangely good, and reminds me of J. D. Salinger’s “A Perfect Day for Bananafish”.