* Variety reports that David Cronenberg is planning on bringing Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis to the screen. (Thanks, EG.)
Cronenberg will helm and also adapt the 2003 novel for the screen. Story follows a 28-year-old multimillionaire on a 24-hour odyssey across Manhattan. Considered one of America's leading novelists, DeLillo's most acclaimed works include "White Noise" and "Underworld."
* Nicholson Baker's New Yorker essay on the Kindle is more or less exactly what you'd expect. (Though we would point out that when he dimisses the robo-reader as "halting" and switches it off, he does so as a person who has the option to read without it. A blind audience member at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books reminded a number of us that, rudimentary as the feature might seem to many, it is one of too-few alternatives for the vision-impaired.)
* The Wall Street Journal looks at Say Everything, a "history and analysis of blogging." Christ, we've been around too long.
It is useful, though, in an archival sense, to have blogging’s origins, its proudest moments, its sharpest quips (“ ‘Citizen journalist’ is just the pretty new construct for ‘unpaid freelancer,’ ” Mr. Rosenberg quotes New Orleans-based scribe Kevin Allman as saying) and its most-discussed issues in one place. Mr. Rosenberg is at his best when he considers the larger questions that blogging itself raises. He notes that a supposed peak era for neutral journalism, the 1960s, was marked by social tumult and violence, while today’s allegedly hyperpartisan political-blog fans lob words instead of bricks.
* Another year, another fat, bearded dude makes a headline.
* Jacket Copy rounds up six classic literary feuds.
* E. Lynn Harris has died.
Many of his novels, 10 of which made it on to the New York Times best-sellers list, dealt with the experiences of the gay African American man.
* Robert Birnbaum talks with Gil Adamson, author of The Outlander.
* And, finally, unlikely bedfellow, indeed: The Vatican embraces Oscar Wilde. (Thanks, EG)
Even in his famous comedies such as The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde had shown himself to be a troublesome and irritating social critic who preferred common wisdom to the false certainties of his time, the Vatican paper said, quoting his aphorism that “the things one feels absolutely certain about are never true”.