Against the tide: After watching dedicated book review sections (Washington Post, LA Times, Globe & Mail) disappear from newspapers during the years I've been helming our Old Media Mondays, it's great to hear that the Wall Street Journal is introducing a new standalone Books section in their revamped WSJ Weekend edition tomorrow, which will certainly be enough to bring the WSJ back into my regular reviewing rounds (which I had been thinking of doing anyway, since it has seemed like they were already putting more reviews online). Section editor Robert Messenger tells PW to expect an emphasis on nonfiction (but some fiction), and a wider variety of review lengths than the NYT Book Review.
The pause that refreshes: In celebration of National Punctuation Day, allow me to point you to the Oatmeal's entertaining guide to the proper use of my favorite punctuation mark, the much-abused and -misused semicolon.
Breaking Obama's Wars: After the NYT, as usual, gave the first glimpse (and a second one) into Bob Woodward's upcoming book, Obama's Wars, Woodward's own Washington Postfollowed soon after. Bryan Curtis's "juicy bits" summary in the Daily Beast adds another sharp early read, but you may prefer to watch Letterman's top 10 list from last night instead: "Top Ten Secrets Revealed In The New Bob Woodward Book":
Moving & shaking: Jerry Seinfeld's revelation on the Today show this morning that he is not "Ted L. Nancy," the pseudonymous author of the Letters from a Nut books--it's really his friend Barry Marder--has pushed Letters from a Nut, More Letters from a Nut, and the new All New Letters from a Nut all into today's Movers & Shakers list.