Inside Chowder's head: The rhythms of casual conversation are hard-earned. To get the voice right for Paul Chowder, the poet narrator of his new novel, The Anthologist, Nicholson Baker recorded and transcribed 40 hours worth of himself talking about poetry as if he were teaching a class. (Via Maud.)
Fancy Lottie: David Benedictus's new authorized sequel to the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, not only adds new tales to Christopher Robin's canon, but a new female character: Lottie the Otter, “a smart and elegant character” who is “always dressed in pearls." (I confess: it's always taken a bit of effort for me to remember that Piglet is not a girl.)
Take the world personally: Jim Shepard's advice to writers timid about making fiction out of history: "Writers shouldn’t lose sight of the essential chutzpah involved in trying to imagine any other kind of sensibility. And that they should take heart from that chutzpah, as well." (Via The Rumpus.)
Not written in Russia: How did Sarah Palin (and her ghostwriter Lynn Vincent) knock out a 400-page book in just a few months? Letterman's Late Night writers speculate with Sarah Palin's Top Ten Tips for Writing a Book:
Moving & shaking: Thanks to a few excited tweets to our Best of the Month page (thanks, Bill!), Bill "The Sports Guy" Simmons has sent his upcoming Book of Basketball (which already sent our own Dave Callanan to the orthopedist) up to #4 on Movers & Shakers and #6 in our overall Top 100.