- Ryan Lizza considers Jim Wallis’ God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It in the current New York Times Book Review.
- Marie Arana talks briefly with Jonathan Lethem in the latest Book World and reveals that next month Lethem will release “The Disappointment Artist, a mix of personal essays and cultural commentary.”
- The BBC has announced the cast of its £8 million adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. Former X-Files star Gillian Anderson is on the payroll.
- Ben Marcus, Richard Bausch, Jim Shephard and other authors wishing to replace Frank Conroy as head of the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop will participate in a series of public readings.
- A Harvard sophomore has created an online textbook exchange. Says Bookninja: “This is why some people get into Harvard. Every campus should have one.”
- “Increasingly, writers, readers and publishers are turning to literature as a bridge between cultures, particularly Western and Arab societies estranged since Muslim extremists from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and elsewhere attacked the United States on September 11, 2001.”
*And am trying to assuage my guilt over something like a thousand unanswered email messages.