The Future Is Now! No, Now! No... Gary Shteyngarte tells the LA Times that he realized, while writing his Super Sad True Love Story, that "we live in such a fast-paced society that the moment you want to write about something, that instant is gone. The only way to capture the present is to write about the future." (Anyone too pressed for time to read his book can just get his free iPhone app here.)
The Incredible Shrinking Middle Class: The Huffington Post cheerfully greeted this week with 11 books that predicted the death of the American middle class--more evidence of our rapid slide into what Arianna Huffington's calling Third World America.
Booky Ennui: From the AbeBooks blog, we pass on an elegant little film chronicling the careless abandonment, bug-squashing disappointments, and moments of redemption in the life of a book.
Moving & Shaking: A Wall Street Journal article that warns parents of college-bound young to “be very afraid” spiked Craig Brandon’s The Five-Year Party: How Colleges Have Given Up on Educating Your Child and What You Can Do About It onto our Movers & Shakers list this morning.