The life of a library: There's something very Marksonian about this process of literary composting: some folks have noticed that the library of the late David Markson has been appearing for sale among the 18 miles of used books at the Strand, the store that Markson himself famously habituated. Alex Abramovich has snapped up a few bags of them, and has a writeup on some of Markson's marginal notes (and passes on some of his disdainful comments in his copy of White Noise: "Except, dammit, satire should be amusing!"). And in a lovely 21st century development that the technological non-adopter Markson might have appreciated, he has set up a Facebook group to help track where the copies are ending up, so Markson's library could once again be brought together, either physically or virtually. (Via Literary Saloon)
"Jaundiced, hostile": In further literary exhumations, Jessamyn West (the librarian, not the late novelist) has tracked down the student evaluation the young David Foster Wallace wrote of her for English 18f at Amherst in the fall of 1987 and has posted it to Flickr. She also posted her memories of the class after his death in 2008 (side note: she must have been at the same Elliott Bay reading I went to). (Via HTMLGiant)
"Speechlessly marooned in emotion": At the Millions, Sonya Chung writes about literary endings, with excellent and extensive examples of a taxonomy of varieties, including the perspective given by the DVD outtakes on Wong Kar-Wai's cryptic and appropriate ending to (*sigh*) In the Mood for Love.
Moving and shaking:Must You Go?, Antonia Fraser's memoir of her life with Harold Pinter, doesn't come out in the States until November, but Tina Brown's early recommendation on Morning Edition today has sent it up Movers & Shakers.