*Looking for a few new recipes? The Observer's put together a list of the 50 best cookbooks.
*The oldest known written version of the ballad of Molly Malone has found a new home. The tiny 18th century book featuring "the tart with a cart" has been bought by Dublin's tourism authority and given to the Dublin Writers Museum.
*Since he technically did retire a while back (his comeback notwithstanding), I suppose it's somewhat appropriate for Jay-Z to release a memoir, since in career years he's probably in his 70s now. His 336-page book, Decoded, hits shelves Nov. 16.
*As the retail industry has deemed it the holiday season already, it makes sense to start planning your gift list. So, what do you get the person who has everything? Why, artisanal pencil sharpening, of course!
*Anis Shivani over at the Huffington Post made quite a stir this week with his article about the 15 most overrated contemporary American writers. The piece has racked up more than 1,500 comments thus far and promises to garner more as Shivani gets ready to announce a global list, a 20th century list and an underrated writers list. Who'd be your picks?