This week's "Dog Ears" follow famous literary drunks as well as a 106-year-old woman who reminisces about Kafka (who she describes as "a slightly strange man"):
- Here's a collection of "Famous Literary Drunks and Addicts" from Life... as though any of us are surprised that writers tend to have problems like alcoholism. (Although I'll admit that I was surprised Louisa May Alcott was on the list.)
- If you order a lot of books from Amazon, TechCrunch has found out that an "Amazon Promotion Tempts Book Lovers With Free Kindles".... sort of. Apparently I don't qualify, though, because I don't see anything about money back guarantees.
- "Merchandising, merchandising. Where the real money from the movie is made. Twilight the T-shirt. Twilight the lunchbox. Twilight the coloring book. Twilight the graphic novel! Kids love it."
- Over at the Spectator, Susan Hill writes, "No, amatuers are not 'Just as Good as...'" to protest being asked to publish something alongside mere amatuers.
- Jacob Lambert, of The Millions, has written "The Road: A Comedic Translation."
- Ofer Aderet has written "'I Look at the Good'" at Haaretz, about Alice Herz-Sommer, the last living person who knew Franz Kafka personally.