Susan Sontag

A copy of the Paris Review signed by Johnathan Franzen, high tea with Jon-Jon Goulian, and a ticket (including plus one) to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue preview party are three of the offerings up for grabs at the Paris Review auction.

Books in the Hood, the only bookstore in the South Bronx, and the only independent bookstore in the Bronx, period, is set to close later this month.

Publisher John Wiley is partnering with the Forbes media company to put out a graphic biography of Steve Jobs with a special focus on his relationship to Buddhism—and its impact on Apple products. According to Publishers’ Weekly: “The book is an imaginative recreation of Job’s spiritual relationship with Kobun Chino Otogawa, a Japanese Soto Zen Buddhist Priest, whose maverick approach to his own spiritual tradition was as iconoclastic as Jobs’ revolutionary impact on technology and culture.“

The poem that opens Nabokov’s Pale Fire has typically been thought of as “the grace that must be perfunctorily said before we sit down to the meal of the commentary,” but does it also hold up as good poetry in its own right?

New on Ubuweb: Susan Sontag reads “Debriefing.”

Today at Mark Polizzotti studies the chaotic life and art of Alfred Jarry.