Lewis Lapham's desk, via FSG Work in Progress

David Rakoff, Mike Birbiglia and Rick Reilly are among the finalists for the 2011 Thurber Prize for American humor writing.

Salon wonders why Obama isn’t reading more female authors.

Greenwich Village poet Samuel Menashe died at his home in Manhattan on Monday at the age of 85. Menashe was known for his “short verse” poems, which sometimes ran only four lines long.

Curious about what Lewis Lapham’s library looks like?

Sad times at Slate: The online magazine lays off longtime media critic Jack Shafer, foreign editor June Thomas, associate editor Juliet Lapidos, and correspondent Tim Noah.

The Observer chats with Cole Stryker, author of a new book on hacker community 4Chan.

Books-A-Million is taking over fourteen Borders leases in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota and Michigan, for slightly under a million dollars.