Keef's a sidekick again: An online flash mob yesterday sent the independently published anthology Machine of Death to the top of our bestseller list (it's still there this morning), making it Mick to Keith Richards's #2 Life for a little while at least. For more background on how the anthology came together (and on the editors' excitement at hitting #1), visit their blog. Is it a good book, or this year's three-wolf shirt? Only readers will decide.
"I felt very Sherlock Homes about it all at the time": Speaking of Keith, the Daily Beast summarizes the "juicy bits" from all 547 pages of Life. Have fun skimming, but really, you should take their advice and read Life for yourself. It's all juicy bits, and, thanks in part no doubt to his collaborator James Fox, Keith is the fabulous storyteller--cheeky and surprisingly observant--that you kinda hoped he would be. As Mick once sung (actually, has sung over and over again on their zillion-dollar tours), "It's a gas, gas, gas." (And yes, Johnny Depp does indeed narrate the audiobook edition.)
"A form to be loathed, a half-form like maggots": In the NYT, Dwight Garner spent some time wandering through what's already one of my favorite places in the online world (as it was once my favorite place in the library): the Paris Review's new complete archive of their justifiably legendary interviews. Choice quote, from Mary Karr: "You've got to understand the degree to which I'm feral."
Moving and shaking: The power of puree is back, as, yes, an Oprah appearance sends Jessica Seinfeld's Doubly Delicious!, the follow-up to her surprise sneaky-mom bestseller Deceptively Delicious, into our overall top 10 and near the top of this morning's Movers & Shakers.