The Observer's Rozalia Jovanovic writes up Choire Sicha's inaugural column for Bookforum—an investigation into the life and tweets of "cultural truffle hound" and MoMA curator Klaus Biesenbach. "While Mr. Biesenbach’s celebrity obsession is not exactly news," Jovanovic writes, "Mr. Sicha does remind us that it does still make us a tad uncomfortable to see the curator at one of the world’s top institutions getting into the pit with the rest of us."
Paris Review editor Sadie Stein has become the editor of the magazine's Daily blog. Stein is replacing senior editor Deirdre Foley-Mendelssohn, who’s off to edit the books section at Harper’s. (Speaking of the Paris Review, Emma Straub is on tour with the Magnetic Fields and blogging about it for Daily.)
Has J. K. Rowling revolutionized digital bookselling? Starting this week, Harry Potter e-books will sold exclusively at Rowling’s Pottermore website—not on iTunes, or in the Amazon store. The digital books are compatible with any tablet or e-reader.
At Poetry Magazine, Ben Lerner, a poet whose novel Leaving the Atocha Station was one of our favorites of 2011, interviews Peter Gizzi about his fifth book, Threshhold Songs.
Author Maura Kelly makes a plea in The Atlantic for a return to “slow books”—books that “took some time to write and will take some time to read, but will also stay with us longer than anything else.” When she asked people on Twitter to name their favorite slow reads, Infinite Jest and Anna Karenina came out on top.
New Yorkers looking for a Thursday night activity are advised to check out the musical stylings of Call Me Ishmael, a Moby Dick-inspired band that will play this week at Pianos bar in the Lower East Side. Founder Patrick Shea has written 136 songs—one for each chapter of Moby Dick—and he recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish a book featuring the lyrics alongside the original text.