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Random House HQ

By Ray LeMoine
I’d love for Obama–who has made the majority of his money off book royalties—to offer publishing a bailout like the auto industry is getting, as NYMag suggests. The story details the recent imprint mergers at Random House:

What’s the difference between the books from Knopf and Doubleday, anyway?

It’s true. Of thethe Times’ 10 Best Books of 2008, all are Random House titles except Bolano…

FICTION

DANGEROUS LAUGHTER
Thirteen Stories
By Steven Millhauser.
Alfred A. Knopf, $24.

A MERCY
By Toni Morrison.
Alfred A. Knopf, $23.95.

NETHERLAND
By Joseph O’Neill.
Pantheon Books, $23.95.

2666
By Roberto Bolaño. Translated by Natasha Wimmer.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, cloth and paper, $30.

UNACCUSTOMED EARTH
By Jhumpa Lahiri.
Alfred A. Knopf, $25.

NONFICTION

THE DARK SIDE
The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
By Jane Mayer.
Doubleday, $27.50.

THE FOREVER WAR
By Dexter Filkins.
Alfred A. Knopf, $25.

NOTHING TO BE FRIGHTENED OF
By Julian Barnes.
Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95.

THIS REPUBLIC OF SUFFERING
Death and the American Civil War
By Drew Gilpin Faust.
Alfred A. Knopf, $27.95.

THE WORLD IS WHAT IT IS
The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul
By Patrick French.
Alfred A. Knopf, $30.

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A party celebrating a 900-page novel by an 81-year-old…

By Ray LeMoine
From the National Book Awards, held at Cipriani’s Wall St (funny locale, no?) , as reported by the NY Observer’s Leon Neyfak and Jonathan Liu:

“I dunno if they did it consciously but it certainly is a lot more glam than it was last year,” said the 33-year-old agent Jud Laghi, while getting a drink at the open bar on the banquet floor toward the end of dinner. As many others did throughout the evening, Mr. Laghi noted the irony of capping this tumultuous year in book publishing at a regally decorated restaurant in the thick of the Financial District.

Hosting the afterparty at Socialista? Grove/Atlantic boss Morgan Entrekin, famous for his 80s Brat Pack cocaine-ing. The party went late, and the long dispatch ends like this:

…a strange sort of tribal frenzy took over. Upstairs and downstairs, an expertly curated playlist turned a place called Socialista safe for the bookish: “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” New Order, “Common People,” “Paper Planes.”

Dancing commenced, on furniture, on bodies, even on the books laid out as party favors by Grove and Weinstein. Things had gotten fun, and as the hour sailed towards 3am, people started talking about how they didn’t want to go home. It wasn’t fiction, but it wasn’t half-bad, either.

You have to hand it to the NBA for choosing Wall St and a club called “Socialista” as their party sites. By unleashing an all-night rager, the book industry basically stuck a big middle finger up bankers’ assholes: “Who’s dancing on tables now bitches?”

Anthony Pappalardo’s book, Radio Silence, about the art and aesthetic of American hardcore, is out now. This weekend, he’s hosting two parties in Brooklyn. The flyers (shown above) are by Nathan Nedersteck, the book’s co-author, and look almost as amazing as the book. Go to these events!


D&G bag at Milan Fashion Week.

By Ray LeMoine
T Magazine Blog wins…best paragraph of the week:

Yesterday was the first day of the Milan shows, and it already feels like a carnival. But with runway footage being displayed on Jumbotron screens throughout the city, you feel like you’re in the city of fashion-as-business, not fashion-as-high-design. The gigantic neon Emporio Armani Eagle that welcomes you when you get off the plane at Linate Airport is also a dead giveaway. By the way, I recommend flying into Linate over Malpensa any day — it’s way closer.

Another great American novelist has killed himself:

David Foster Wallace, 46, a novelist, essayist, teacher and story writer whose effort to come to grips with the America of his time resulted in the huge and hugely successful novel “Infinite Jest,” was found dead Friday at his home in Claremont, Calif.

Wallace’s wife found that he had hanged himself when she returned home about 9:30 p.m., said Jackie Morales of the Claremont Police Department, the Associated Press reported.