From the BBC comedy "Black Books," about a dysfunctional bookstore.

In 2014, Duke University Press will start publishing TSQ, the first non-medical journal dedicated to transgender issues.

Who says you can’t be a writer while working a totally unrelated day job? At the Billfold, Cassie Alexander itemizes all the weird jobs she held (delivery food driver, aquarium temp) before her novel was published.

Now that he's left the helm of the New York Times Book Review, Sam Tanenhaus has found the time to start tweeting.

After a series of mysterious high-level resignations, the Guardian asks what the hell is going on at Granta. This is what they found: “The situation was described by one insider as a ‘total shit storm,’ and by another as a ‘complete bloody disaster.’ It is understood to boil down to a desire by Granta's owner to save money, as the company continues to make a loss.”

If you’re looking for for book-related procrastination material on these lazy summer days, Galleycat recommends “Black Books,” “a classic British sitcom about a dysfunctional bookstore” that’s now streaming for free on Hulu and Netflix.

In this week’s Modern Love column in the New York Times, author Augusten Burroughs shares the story of marrying his literary agent, a feat he managed despite the fact that his new husband has “has read every word I’ve ever written, only a fraction of which I’ve published. He knows the parts of me that are wholly unsuitable for publication, and he still speaks to me.”

Meanwhile, the Observer wonders what the deal is with Luna Loupe, the Amazon-published author of twenty-five “completely bizarre, out-there paranormal sex novels.” The paper’s attention was piqued after the blog Laughing Squid featured Loupe’s Someone to Cuttle, a novel about a gay man who has a polyamorous relationship with a trio of shapeshifting cuttlefish.

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