Joan Didion will be the subject of a new film by Griffin Dunner.
GQ and Farrar, Straus & Giroux are teaming up to produce The Originals Series; events that will pair writers and musicians for conversations in “an intimate West Village loft space.” The series will debut next Tuesday with John Jeremiah Sullivan and the Brooklyn band Cavemen, and will be hosted by David Rees. Last we checked, only eight tickets were left.
HarperCollins is buying religious publishing imprint Thomas Nelson, which according to the press release, is "the world’s leading provider of Bibles [and] inspirational books."
In the Rumpus, Stephen Elliott rips into the first sentence of Glen Duncan’s New York Times review of Colson Whitehead’s zombie book, Zone One: “A literary novelist writing a genre novel is like an intellectual dating a porn star.” In response, Elliott, who points out that he is pro-New York Times, asks: “What does he mean? Can the porn star be an intellectual? What if an intellectual is dating another intellectual who is also a porn star?”
A preview of Griffin Dunne’s film about Joan Didion and her new book, Blue Nights.
More than twenty years and thousands of pages in the making, the third installment of Robert Caro’s epic Lyndon B. Johnson biography, The Passage of Power, will be out in May.
A discussion about Steven Pinker’s new book about violence, The Better Angels of Our Nature, has generated over 350 comments and 50,000 words at the blog Crooked Timber, despite the fact that many of the commenters haven’t read it.