“She eats it out of a bag. She eats it at night. She makes sandwiches with it....Will she eat all 1,079 pages of the beloved postmodern saga of addiction, tennis, pop culture, and lust? You can follow her progress via the hashtag #eatinfinitejest...” —Clayton Purdum reports at the A.V. Club on comedian Jamie Loftus’ goal to slowly eat the entirety of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest
“Good things will happen. Like sometimes you’ll spend six hours on a video, and you’ll do a great job, and one day you’ll be in your house, chilling, and the author of the book will show up at your house.” —Kwame Alexander, Newbery Award–winning children’s author and poet, encourages fan Luc Perez, 10, to keep working hard to achieve his goals. According to the Chicago Tribune, Perez made a YouTube trailer for Alexander’s novel in verse, Booked, and, in thanks, the author surprised him at his Arlington Heights home.
“I have said yes. If she makes it happen, for charity, I will do this thing.” —Neil Gaiman accepts a Twitter challenge from writer and comedian Sara Benincasa, as reported by the Los Angeles Times: “Would the golden-voiced Gaiman be willing to do a dramatic reading of the famously extensive Cheesecake Factory menu if fans raised $500,000 for charity?” Benincasa raised more than $100,000 for the United Nations Refugee Agency, falling short of the initial goal, and Gaiman agreed to read a shorter work chosen by online poll: Dr. Seuss’ Fox in Socks.
“You probably think oenophiles are pretentious, effete, and snobbish. But Cork Dork, Bianca Bosker’s irresistible journey through the world of wine obsessives, teaches us that elite wine lovers are so much more. They’re also vain, self-centered, and surprisingly desperate for the approval of the outside world.” —Brian Palmer reviews Cork Dork (“Oenophiles Gone Wild”) for Slate.
“I still have nightmares.” —Christopher Golden, on the unruly process of editing Indigo, a round-robin superhero novel with 10 authors, atThe Verge. Golden and his co-authors, who include Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, and Mark Morris, hatched the plan to write a book together while drinking at a bar during DragonCon.
Megan Labrise writes “Field Notes” and features for Kirkus Reviews and is the co-host of the Kirkus podcast, Fully Booked.