Is this a first? Mark Sarvas has been allowed to publish the whole first chapter of this book , Then We Came To The End, by Joshua Ferris, on his blog, courtesy of Little, Brown publisher Reagan Arthur.
In other book press news, the Lifehacker book( published out of Gina Trapani's wellknown and loved blog) got to the punters before the author got her own copy.
Icky acky --- not sure about this. Writers in a CAGE? Where's a nice Martello tower (or the bunkers just out of Sydney featured in biker film Stone all those years ago) when you need one, huh? (Google hits there, David.) Link from Bronwyn at WRB.
My husband has spotted a snotty old copy of Gravity's Rainbow on the coffee table, not conicidentally after the new Pynchon was reviewed in the weekend papers. Not too shabby when you think about it - I'm reading old Pynchon and he's reading the book reviews. Could be worse. And to make life easier for me, there's a lovely illustrated web guide to GR, here. Even if I don't get past the opening banana fest, future trips to the fruit shop will take on an added dimension. (I've only bought kidneys once, and not for frying either.)
Following Kerryn's example, I sampled my bookpile on the bedside table for the odd one out - Eagleton's After Theory, a Quarterly Essay and HEAT 7 jostle a recent excellent addition to the kitchen bookstack, Penelope Stack's Natural, Nourishing Recipes. I could make it easier by asking you to guess which ones I haven't read yet...
My last bit of news (till I get some better ideas, hopefully soon) is that the family is in uproar over my purchase of a planner, and tickled at me reading my own copy of Australian Best Essays in David Jones this morning and promptly tipping coffee over it. (But not on Nicholas Gruen's contribution, which I'm saving for later. Congratulations Mr. G.)
That's it for a few weeks, depending on how much GR I get through and how many plans I carry out. See you later in January.