This week's "Dog Ears" include an account of Flannery O'Connor as half of an Odd Couple, as well as seven pages on Neil Gaiman:
- Jon Michaud of The New Yorker relates a fairly amusing story of Pat Highsmith and Flannery O'Connor, who were roomies together at an artists' community where Highsmith was boozing it up and O'Connor was... being Flannery O'Connor.
- Wayne Gooderham of The Guardian writes about "Reading your way out of a depression." To be honest, while I do read when I'm depressed, I tend to go for fluff--light fantasy, romance, YA novels. I can't think of a single "literary" book I'd want to read when actually down and out.
- Check out America's finest newsource to read about a "Woman Married To Fat, Emotionally Distant Vampire [Who] Escapes Into 'Twilight' Novels."
- In, "Where Baby Orwell Lived," Charles McGrath of The New York Times explores the fetishization of writers' birthplaces, deathplaces, and visitation places.
- Jacopo della Quercia at Cracked.com presents, "7 Books We Lost to History That Would Have Changed the World."
- Dana Goodyear of The New Yorker explores Neil Gaiman's standing as a cult figure in "Kid Goth." Apparently part of his appeal is his accessibility, as well as the fact that he wears lots of black.