paper trail

May 9, 2011 @ 4:00:00 am

Jersey Shore gone Wilde.

Playbill presents Jersey Shore as written by Oscar Wilde.

This summer, Simon & Schuster, the Penguin Group, and the Hachette Book Group will become partners in a “one-stop-shopping” website called The site will provide comprehensive literary coverage (including reviews, author profiles, and more) and have books for sale. (The AOL Huffington Post Media Group will help sell ads and generate traffic.) According to a story at the New York Times, the site will do for books what imdb and Netflix have done for film, and Pitchfork for music. Question: If is owned by three major publishers, how well will they publicize other publishers' books? And how acurately will they publicize their own titles? Discuss.

Chuck Klosterman, author of Eating the Dinosaur and other modern pop-culture classics, has agreed to write a press release for a band called Delicate Steve, but only if he doesn’t have to talk to the band or listen to the record. We found this rather funny, but others aren’t so sure.

Tonight at McNally Jackson Books, Geoff Dyer and Sam Lipsyte will discuss their work. They have a few things in common: They’re both deeply smart, have lots of personality, are artful writers. And they both contributed to, one of the first online zines, in the nineties. But what they will talk about tonight is a mystery. And that, for us at least, is the draw.

Ethan Cohen, one of the two famed filmmakers known as the Cohen brothers, has a new book of poetry being published next year.