Link Soup

I’m trying to get a few things finished (including Chapter 5) before I head out of town again, so there’s not much up here today. A few links to tide you over till later in the day:

  • John Barlow at Slate: “My failed fling with a book packager,” or how he didn’t end up accused of plagiarism.
  • I read excerpts of Mark Bowden’s Guests of the Ayatollah when they appeared in the Atlantic a few months ago, and they really irked me, for all the reasons that Evan Wright details in his Los Angeles Times review.
  • I was very curious about Chris Abani’s take on the new Wole Soyinka memoir. Here it is, in last Sunday’s SF Chronicle. (Yes, it is another rave.)
  • Film to character: How Capote explains Capote.