*Australia's showing its arts community some love by featuring the nation's leading literary lights on a set of stamps. Regarding the honor, author Thomas Keneally commented that he is "glad they are self-adhesive, because it prevents jokes about licking their backside." Writer Bryce Courtenay remarked, "Stamps aren't what they used to be. It was the king's head on stamps when I was young. Now they just put old shitbags on them." Yes, but they're funny old shitbags.
*For the first time since 1949, the mysterious Poe toaster did not leave his customary roses and cognac at the author's grave, nor was a note left explaining the absence. Theories abound.
*In other romantic news, vampire love-fest Twilight is making the jump to the graphic novel. Korean artist Young Kim is drawing the work, with direct oversight by Stephenie Meyer, and Yen Press will publish at a TBD date. EW has the first sketch here.
*If you've ever thought, "Hmm, you know what this poetry reading could really use? Some nudity," then Naked Girls Reading is the literary event for you. This group of burlesque performers who read on stage will be in New York Jan. 29 (reading pulp classics), Chicago Feb. 5 (movie scripts and Hollywood biographies), Madison and Seattle Feb. 7 (bedtime stories), and back in Chicago March 12 (Old Tyme Radio show).
*Markos Moulitsas, founder of political news blog Daily Kos, just signed a book deal with PoliPoint. "American Taliban will compare the ideologies between the Republican Party and Islamic radicals." Good to see he's not courting publicity with that one.