During his short tenure as culture editor at the New York Observer, Christian Lorentzen wrote and edited many memorable pieces, including a profile of Tao Lin perfectly imitating Lin's style, and a column written as the voice of snow. He’s now leaving the Observer and heading to the UK to become an editor at the London Review of Books. When asked to confirm the move, Lorentzen told Adweek “No time to talk. Working.” But reliable sources have since conformed the rumor. For now, we hope that means he’s busy penning a final score-settling send-off Internal Memo from New York.
From the Harry Ransom center, a look at decline letters. Evelyn Waugh perfected the art with this concise postcard: “Mr Evelyn Waugh deeply regrets that he is unable to do what is so kindly proposed.”
Amazon doesn’t collect sales tax, and most customers don’t realize that they may owe tax on items bought from Amazon. So, MobyLives asks: Are you about to be audited for your purchases from the online giant?
New York’s Standard Hotel, which will host events during the upcoming PEN World Voices Festival, has drafted Salman Rushdie to choose books for the hotel rooms’ reading material.