11 September 2009

Post-Its: The Get Well Soon, Garrison Keillor Edition

The chronicler of Lake Wobegon (where the women are strong, the men are good-looking and all the children are above average) is expected to be released from the hospital today after suffering a minor stroke last week. It would be hard to imagine Saturday-night dinners at home without his voice in the background. Quick recovery wishes also go out to Raych of Books I Done Read.

EW.com: A week from Sunday is the premiere of "Bored to Death," Jonathan Ames' HBO series about a writer turned private detective. We don't have HBO and weren't impressed by Ames' I LOVE YOU MORE THAN YOU KNOW (subgenre: Look At My Crazy Sex Life, Isn't It Sooooo Crazy?), but love the "Pink Panther"esque theme song co-written by Ames and sung by star Jason Schwartzman. Trailer's not half bad, either.

io9: Neil Gaiman let a lucky photographer in to shoot his private library, and the result is awe-inspiring.

Slate: Dear Prudence tackles the question of how to handle a mother who won't stop reading to interact with her daughter because she needs the "escape." (Please let us be better than this.) As a parting shot, she suggests a Bookfinder list of bad mothers in literature, which is about as bitchy and misogynistic as it gets so we're not linking to it.

Emdashes: The official schedule for the 2009 New Yorker Festival has been announced and it is, as usual, a smorgasbord. Most tickets for the October 16-18 events are $25, but here's an insider tip: The signings (scroll down to the bottom) are all free, and in the past have been open to people who don't even have a book to sign, just want to hang out and chat. Much more on this later.

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