Philip Roth is still dirty, brilliant, and funny: And so prolific lately that he must spend his waking life at his keyboard, doubled over flying fingers. Over at The Daily Beast, Tina Brown talks to the great American novelist about The Humbling, the fear of not finding the next idea, writing about sex (typically frank, gentle readers), and the future of the novel.
I'll take thinly veiled metaphors for a thousand: Test your knowledge of rampaging, hedonistic poets and their rampaging, hedonistic, monsters with The Guardian's "How well do you know gothic fiction" quiz.
Books that made a difference to John Cusack: Alright, why not? (Oprah.com)
Moving and Shaking: According to NPR, Jane Gardam is "the best contemporary British writer you probably haven't heard of." And now her 12th novel, Old Filth, has risen 11,605% to the top of the Movers & Shakers list.