*"Like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her." That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win the Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Well done, Rowan Somerville, this year's honoree.
*Ian Fleming interviews Raymond Chandler. 'Nuff said.
*Classic-lit nerds, get thee to this exhibition! The handwritten first draft of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is on display in Britain for the first time. It's part of an exhibition that includes other previously unseen items from the rest of her famously brainy family - her husband was the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, her father was the philosopher William Godwin and her mother was the women's rights champion Mary Wollstonecraft. The exhibition will travel to New York after its Oxford run.
*In lighter news, I love this Tumblr. If you think Stephenie Meyer can't write, you'll love it too.
*I'm not a beer drinker - make mine a whisky sour instead - but even I can appreciate the beauty in these beer-book pairings.
*Google is finally ready to shake up the e-book world, it seems, with the announcement that it will be launching Google Editions at the end of December. What is likely making its competitors nervous is that unlike Amazon and Barnes & Noble, Google will allow customers to read its e-books on almost any device that has a Web browser. That's pretty damn cool.
*The U.S. has a pretty good track record when it comes to importing British ideas - see The Office, Dancing with the Stars, Simon Cowell, etc. How about we adopt this, too?
*Want to co-write a story with Tim Burton? Then this is your lucky week.