birthday boys • 1937 – Thomas Pynchon, American novelist
video • Sarah Vowell (1 min 40 sec) speaks at the UCLA Book Festival she’s a funny lady, very deadpan sense of humor.
audio • NPR interviews with Jeff Biggers author of The United States of Appalachia, and Rudy Abramson co-author of The Encyclopedia of Appalachia about the mythic lore and stereotyping of Appalachia.
something new • the Boston Globe reviews The Book of Lost Books: An Incomplete History of All the Great Books You’ll Never Read by Stuart Kelly
worth reading • Canadian Arthur Black’s new book has won the Stephen Leacock medal for humor, here he bemoan it in “Book tours: a Fate worse than death?”
naughty naughty • a NY guy has been charged with defrauding a Virginia resident out of $10,000 in an Ebay fraud for a collection of Spiderman comic books that he neither owned nor possessed.