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A Random Assortment of Book News & Links

From book to film to Twitter account: New Moon has a posse.

A Catholic professor walks into a bar and says, "The first verse of the Bible was a mistake." And that's it. There's no joke. Dude really thinks that Genesis 1:1 was f**ked in translation.

Sarah Palin's editor has written an anti-Palin gag book. While the book sounds (mildly) funny, it does raise an ethical question: How long are whores supposed to wait before speaking out against their Johns?

The biggest news of the week (and yet another nail in the coffin of your friendly neighborhood indie bookstore): Amazon will be offering same day delivery for purchases made in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, Baltimore, Las Vegas and Seattle.

The New York Times has posted a bit of back and forth regarding the brain's differing responses to reading words on a page vs. words on a screen. As a test, I read the print version of this article after reading the online version. My verdict? It seemed awfully familiar.

Esquire has come up the internet's equivalent of flying planes into buildings -- a controversial cultural critique that instantly inspires comments, conversations, fights and death threats. An excerpt: "Vampires have overwhelmed pop culture because young straight women want to have sex with gay men."

Playboy CEO Scott Flanders says that they are putting Marge Simpson on the cover of the November issue in an effort to attract younger readers. This immediately brought two things to mind: 1. Didn't Camel Cigarettes catch hell for using cartoon imagery in their ads for an equally 18+ product? 2. Since when do kids prefer cartoon porn?

Bonus b.s. link: Click here to see me at my most vulnerable -- in my cardboard Where The Wild Things Are costume!

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