Howard Jacobson has won the 2010 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Finkler Question. In 2007, Gideon Lewis-Kraus wrote in Bookforum: "Jacobson is funnier, sentence for sentence, than early Roth and Joseph Heller put together. All comparisons aside, however, the simple point is that Jacobson deserves to be read, and read widely, on his own terms."
Salman Rushdie is writing a memoir about the years he spent in hiding beginning in 1989, when the Ayatollah Khomeini decreed that Rushdie should be killed for the "blasphemy" in his novel The Satanic Verses. Rushdie says of the memoir, "So far I feel that I'm right—I'm not getting churned up and upset, I'm just writing it and I'm feeling quite pleased."
UbuWeb, the great online archive of avant-garde poetry, film, music, and performance has been hacked and is closed "until further notice."
Now that Hugo Lindgren has been named the editor of the New York Times Magazine, what should he do with it? First item on the agenda: Hiring his former colleague from New York magazine, Lauren Kern, to be the Magazine's deputy editor.
A copy of Professor Marcus Boon's new book, In Praise of Copying, is available as a free download under the Creative Commons License. Boon writes, "this isn’t especially intended as a utopian gesture towards a world in which everything is free. It’s recognition of the way in which copies of texts circulate today, a circulation in which the physical object known as the book that is for sale in the marketplace has an important but hardly exclusive role."