I know David Foster Wallace's book isn't due out for another couple weeks, but for some reason it is currently shipping from Amazon, meaning you can get a copy now. Also meaning booksellers are very angry.

Why do authors continue to read reviews? What can go right here? Just say no, people!

John Le Carre is trying to withdraw himself from consideration for the Man Booker International prize (a its $100,000 prize). After saying he does not like competing for prizes, he is not allowed to withdraw himself. Here's to hoping he's the first to win this against his will and pulls a Pynchon-at-the-NBA type stunt.

When's the last time you read a good "F-You" letter? Here's a good spat between Hunter S. Thompson and illustrator Ralph Steadman.

Here's a new poetry prize, the Montreal Poetry Prize. The winner gets $50,000 for a single poem. Yes, you read that correctly.

In a new book, neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran dedicates a couple chapters in an exploration of whether the human brain is hardwired to create and appreciate art.