The Speed Read

New York Times columnist David Pogue is getting his 200,000 Twitter followers to write his next book for him. ... Amazon plans to cut out the middle man by publishing its own books. Publishing houses tremble. ... S.E. Hinton still loves Tulsa, especially now that the socs and greasers have made their peace. ... What happened to Holden Caulfield? JD Salinger won't say so someone else went ahead and wrote a sequel. ... As books become archaic treasures, the book restoration business is booming. ... A new blog called The Worst Review Ever gives authors and other creative types a chance to respond to negative reviews. (No need to email me directly anymore.) ... A Russian court ordered a journalist to pay a $1,000 fine to an author who didn't like the review of his book. (Don't get any ideas.) ... David Plouffe picks his favorite political books. ... Joseph O'Neill hearts Flannery O'Connor, and not just because they share an 'O. ... The ten best film adaptations ever, according to David Nicholls at the Independent. We can't help but agree with his first choice. ... Six people are trying to claim compensation from Orhan Pamuk for the "personal damages" his 2005 remarks (for which he was put on trial) about the Turkish treatment of Armenians and Kurds has caused them.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  May 15, 2009; 11:41 AM ET
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