Private: Some items

Zoe Williams opines that the answer to the question “What’s your favorite book?” isn’t “about books at all, it’s about distinguishing yourself through your distinctions, choosing a work that gives the fullest picture of the person you’d like the world to consider you to be.”

A single book buyer for Barnes & Noble decides:

How many copies will be bought–of Proust, McMillan, John Grisham, Jonathan Franzen and Ms. Hensley’s favorite, Barbara Kingsolver–how they’ll be apportioned among the 652 Barnes & Noble branches and 200 B. Dalton Booksellers in her fiefdom, how they’ll be placed and positioned…

(Emphasis supplied. Via Arts Journal.)

Deborah Treisman, New Yorker fiction editor, once lived in Vancouver. (Via Bookninja.)