Smatterings, the Deadline-Heavy Edition

Yesterday’s hour-long stint on WILL’s Focus 580 with David Inge was great fun, and thanks to those who listened in and called with book recommendations (one all the way from Belgium!) For those who missed out, the broadcast is now available in mp3 format for listening.

At the Poetry Foundation, Jesse Nathan looks at how Shel Silverstein fell into his current and permanent status as a beloved children’s author. There’s also an earlier piece about Silverstein’s “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan” by Claire Dederer that is interesting because she sees snideness and feminism smackdown in the song that, frankly, I just don’t.

Jonathan Santlofer explains to Reuters how insomnia furthered both careers as a writer and painter.

Zoe Ferraris talks to the SF Chronicle about her most excellent debut novel FINDING NOUF, which I review in tomorrow’s LA Times (at which point the link goes live.)

Sheldon Siegel explains to the San Jose Mercury News why he’s at home writing crime fiction.

Paul Constant went to BEA and reports back in a blistering feature fo the Stranger.

Omar Tyree tells the Daily Voice why he’s done writing urban fiction. loooooooooooves Tara Moss.

And finally, severed foot number six. Which turns out to be a hoax.