1. This image of P. G. Wodehouse’s bookshelf is just one of the incidental delights to be found in the BBC’s literary video archive, In Their Own Words. Other authors showing their remarkable presence in these historical broadcasts include Virginia Woolf, Kingsley Amis, Muriel Spark, William Golding, Robert Graves and E. M. Forster and J. R. R. Tolkien (via drmabuse).
(Just one minor note about the text accompanying the P. G. Wodehouse interview, in which the shy humorist plays incessantly with his pipe and tries to give honest answers to tough questions: Wodehouse did live in Eastport, on Long Island’s East End, but Eastport ain’t the Hamptons, not really even close. But what would the BBC know about Long Island?)
2. Jonathan Franzen’s upcoming novel Freedom is getting major, major news coverage, including the cover of Time magazine (he’s the first novelist on the cover of Time since Stephen King ten years ago). I haven’t read the novel yet, but I liked his previous family saga The Corrections and am looking forward to reviewing Freedom for another web publication as soon as my review copy shows up. In the meantime, here’s a piece from The Millions about all the other writers who have been on the cover of Time since the magazine was founded in 1923.
3. Murakami on the Train, a short story by Bud Parr.
5. The Mashed Potato Method of Writing Fiction.
6. Better Book Titles is a funny blog devoted to better book titles.
7. Audio of a Lenny Bruce memorial from 1966 featuring Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, the Fugs, Jean Shepard and Paul Krassner.
8. I heard about Jason Hartley’s “Advanced Genius Theory” over at Athitakis’s place, and wasn’t sure what to think. But Hartley’s persuasive Largehearted Boy Book Notes playlist puts this one over the top. I’ll give the Advanced Genius theory a try. Original Wrapper, indeed.
9. Moskva’s Dostoevsky Tube.
11. Enough about print books being dead. They’re not.