A rare honor I could still earn: Tongue sorta in cheek, Slate names their annual "80 Over 80" list of the "most powerful octogenarians in America." Among the writers on the list: Noam Chomsky (80, #5), Mary Higgins Clark (81, #9), Maurice Sendak (81, #13), Edward Albee (81, #16), Stan Lee (86, #45), Maya Angelou (81, #48), W.S. Merwin (82, #52), Gore Vidal (84, #57), Louis Auchincloss (92, #61), Cynthia Ozick (81, #64), Elie Wiesel (81, #64). My first reaction: Cynthia Ozick's 81?!? (Via TNC)
Crumb and Chick: Maud Newton says R. Crumb's new Book of Genesis sends her back to the "frightening, ill-reasoned, and weirdly campy" Jack Chick tracts of her fundamentalist youth. (For more on the Chick phenomenon, see the second issue of Daniel Raeburn's excellent comics-criticism occasional, The Imp.)
Moving and shaking: Our own Jeff VanderMeer's new guide to the writing life, Booklife, surfaces at #6 in Movers & Shakers (and #352 overall), thanks to--well, I'm not sure. Something's working for you, Jeff--what is it?