Wintry afternoon remainders

  • St. Paul residents are still up in arms about statues of Marcie and Peppermint Patty of Peanuts fame that were installed in Rice Park last fall near a beloved statue of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • The guy who found the Virgin Mary grilled cheese sandwich has got nothing on writer Nick Mamatas, who bought an Advent calendar at the supermarket and discovered that a piece of chocolate under one door “looked just like Cthulhu, the famed Elder God from the pulp tales of H. P. Lovecraft!” This sign from the Heavens is now on sale at Ebay.
  • In a book based on his column for the Believer, Nick Hornby apparently reveals that he and the magazine’s editors have reached an agreement “‘that if it looks like I might not enjoy a book, I will abandon it immediately, and not mention it by name.'”
  • A mother of a Portland, Maine high school student “wants J.D. Salinger’s ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ removed from the freshman curriculum.” Although she’s never read the book — indeed, had never previously heard of it — before it was assigned, she researched it online “with her husband [and] concluded it espouses immoral ideas inappropriate for freshmen-aged students.” (I just noticed that Michael Schaub mentioned this one before I did; see also Jessa Crispin’s post about the meeting between Bush and the Alabama state legislator who wants to ban all books with gay characters from public libraries.)
  • Earlier this year, Nick Laird, otherwise known as Mr. Zadie Smith, sold his debut novel, Utterly Monkey, as part of a two-book British publishing deal, for £100,000. Publishers Marketplace reports that John Williams of Harper Collins has purchased the U.S. rights.
  • The year-end issue of Boldtype is out.

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