And Flavor Flav = ?: I'm not immune to a stunt literary list, and with a HuffPost headline like "Jay-Z Is Jay McInerney?: 20th Century Literary Counterparts to Top 10 Rappers," I bit. Well, it's a bit of a bait-and-switch on HuffPo's part: in the actual FlavorWire list, Jay Z turns out to be matched with the better choice of Tom Wolfe (and Jay Mac with Ja Rule: "And now, when you mention either of their names, everyone groans"), but it makes for pretty good snacking.
Mitchell's out again: After a democratically adjudicated kerfuffle involving social-media ballot-stuffing, the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize discussion group/book prize has settled on an official shortlist of these non-nominees:
- The Cuckoo Boy by Grant Gillespie
- Pictures of Lily by Matthew Yorke
- Deloume Road by Matthew Hooton
- The Canal by Lee Rourke
- Advice for Strays by Justine Kilkerr
If you want to join in the discussion (which starts with The Cuckoo Boy), you'll have to go to Amazon.co.uk: only The Canal (with its lovely cover!) is available in the US at this point.
Still champeen?: In New York, Sam Anderson, a contender for the title of the country's #1 critic (in my book at least), examines the "benevolently sadistic" Roald Dahl's publisher-declared status as "The World's #1 Storyteller."
Moving and shaking: I can't figure out from a 3-second Google search before I walk my own kids to their first day of school why Steve Martin's new kids' book, Late for School, is near the top of this morning's Movers & Shakers, but here's a clip of him singing the song the book is based on, on SNL last year: