the end of art

“The big question we still have to ask is not where we’re going, but what were we doing here in the first place?” – Art Buchwald

fare thee well • the ailing Art Buchwald gives us perhaps his last view from the pier in the Washington Post . And Editor and Publisher gives us perhaps our last look at Art Buchwald.

talking heads • the AP interviews Judith McNaught and Seattle Post Intelligencer interviews Mary Pope Osborne.

blue books • NH’s Steerforth Press to produce three books in the “Playboy Press” collection: a literary anthology edited by Hefner, an erotic memoir and a collection of advice columns from Playboy magazine. hmmm I used to love picking up the ‘Playboy’ imprint paperbacks when i was a kid..they always had the bestest dirty jokes.

crime tourist Douglas Preston entangled in probe about real-life mutilation of eight couples in Tuscany

foodie NPR Steven Rinella discusses his new book, The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine, where he tries to revisit French master chef Auguste Escoffier’s 1903 magnum opus, Le Guide Culinaire. Nice excerpt included.

reading in tongues • NPR the New Testament has finally been Translated into Gullah.

bibliogeeky • the OCLC has compiled the top 1,001 works most widely held by libraries.

cookies • American Booksellers Association have chosen four books to be the 2006 Book Sense Books of the Year.

end of days • Macaulay Culkin has a debut novel

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