The New Republic’s literary editor Leon Wieseltier is no fan of New Republic senior editor John Judis’s book Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict. Wieseltier praised a negative review of Judis’s book, calling it “tendentious, imprecise, and sometimes risibly inaccurate” (among other things).
A movie of Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn starring and directed by Edward Norton will begin filming in New York later this year.
March Madness for bookworms begins next week, with the Morning News Tournament of Books. The brackets will be judged by novelist Jami Attenberg, novelist-critic Roxane Gay, and lead Mountain Goat John Darnielle, among others.
Fifty Shades of Grey has now sold more than 100 millions copies.
For those of you at AWP in Seattle, we recommend tomorrow (Friday) night’s Tribute to William S. Burroughs, which will feature Chuck Palahniuk, Anne Waldman, Alex Dimitrov, and Elissa Schappell. Ira Silverberg will moderate.