"I'll take care of you, Andrew. You know I'm good for it.": In case you didn't get enough gossip from Game Change, the Wall Street Journalgot their hands on an early copy of The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down, by Andrew Young, Edwards's long-time aide who, among other things, once publicly claimed paternity for the child that Edwards now admits he fathered with his mistress. (Via NYMag)
Top Costa: The Costa Book of the Year, chosen from among the five Costa category winners named earlier this month, is Christopher Reid's A Scattering, a sequence of poems about his wife's illness and death, which upset the favored best novel, Colm Toibin's Brooklyn. It hasn't been published in the States yet, but it's #14 on our UK site today.
"Stop being so damned dainty and polite": Virginia Quarterly Review editor Ted Genoways writes the umpteenth obituary for fiction, citing the death/irrelevance of lit mags despite the explosion of MFA programs, and novelists' indifference to the world's wars in favor of navel-gazery.
The room and the chair: Something's happening down in San Francisco today that may or may not change the way we live and read forever. Latest dispatch from Engadget: "The setup on stage is really interesting. There's a chair with a table next to it..." Here's our own End User's latest report--I expect they'll be posting an update today.