Budd Schulberg’s What Makes Sammy Run? vs. Michael Tolkin’s The Player in the opening round battle for the best L.A. novel ever.

The Rumpus talks with Jon Ronson.

Talking a little Bartleby, the Scrivener at The Daily Beast.

Laura Miller lists ten great graphic novels from the last year at Salon.

The disappearing regular coffee of New York.

Andrew W.K. becomes a cultural ambassador.

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