This week in the world of the literati 12/03/2010:

NPR’s Bill Goldstein took on Adam Levin’s “thousand-page debut splash,” The Instructions, calling it “daunting enough as a matter of real estate alone.” Read Goldstein’s review to find out whether he thinks it prevails in the Tolstoy Challenge (are books over a thousand pages worth reading over War and Peace?). (via TheRumpus)

Vulture reports that Paul Thomas Andersonwants to adapt Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel Inherent Vice for the big screen. (via TheMillions)

E.B. White on the tricky valuation of a writer’s time. (via Maud Newton)

Narrative Magazine’s Friday Feature: “Say Yes” by Tobias Wolff. (via Huffington Post Books)

The Daily Beast presents our guide to the best books to give to someone else—and maybe even keep to yourself.

Professors Seek Papers for ‘Zombie Academics’ Book. (via Galleycat)

The romance is gone between Apple iPad and the magazine industry. (via The New York Observer)

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