Rachel Maddow wins the John Steinbeck Award. She’s now in the same league as Studs Terkel, Joan Baez, and The Boss.
- Today is the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. Our celebration includes checking out his Google Doodle, and also remembering the day he died. We should probably read about his screwed up brother, then maybe go eat some Dickens cake with Prince Charles.
- Adam Wilson gets interviewed about his forthcoming novel, Flatscreen. Lots of talk about music.
- Eleanor Friedberger’s Chick Tracts.
- And finally, in Vol. 1 contributors doing stuff elsewhere: Jason writes about the Jewish influence on the Ivy League look at Tablet, and Tobias checks out Nicolas Jaar at MoMA PS1 for the L Magazine.