Geoff Dyer, photo by Jason Oddy.
Wonkette has a hilarious takedown of “literary detective” Jack Cashill’s horrific-sounding book Deconstructing Obama: The Life, Loves, and Letters of America’s First Postmodern President. Published this week, the volume argues—among other things—that Bill Ayers wrote Obama’s book Dreams from My Father, and derides the president for claiming to be influenced by Langston Hughes and Richard Wright (because they were communists!).
The Times blames “strategic missteps, executive turnover and a failure to understand the digital revolution” for Borders' bankruptcy, in an article detailing the chain’s forty year rise and fall, from its humble beginning as a single used bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to this week’s billion-dollar bankruptcy filing for more than six hundred stores.
HTML giant editor Blake Butler gets “catty,” posting an email exchange between himself and a writer. Though the unnamed writer seems to have no idea what the literary website Lamination Colony is, he or she practically insists on submitting work there anyway.
The Millions alerts you to two more highly anticipated publications, by Haruki Murakami and Helen DeWitt.
New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren has hired Andrew Goldman of Elle Magazine to take command of the “Questions For” column, formerly helmed by Deborah Solomon.