Random Awesomeness

— The delightful Sam Anderson would like to share some comments from the margins of his books.

— A good, long article on the WTF story of Randy and Evi Quaid, who are living in a fiction of their own creation.

The Tournament of Books is coming! Shteyngart vs. Egan vs. Franzen vs. Bender vs. Murray vs. Shriver vs. Carson vs. Donaghue. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE.

— Copycat suicides are not fun. What IS fun is that the phenomenon is sometimes called “the Werther effect,” after The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe. Because when the book was published, a lot of young men read about Werther’s romantic suicide and copied it.

Ouch! And: yes.

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