Happy Friday, readers! Here are a few links to provide some end-of-the-day enjoyment. Do you have any articles or click-worthy links to share? What are you reading this weekend?

Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 (a play on Orwell’s 1984) is one of our 25 most anticipated books for fall. The novel comes out on October 25, but if you "like" Murakami's Facebook page, you'll gain access to the first chapter now. Check it out!


Remember "Franzenfreude?" A year after the literary vs. commercial fiction showdown, Metro Pulse offers an analysis of how things have changed. Answer? Not much.


With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 looming, the Guardian Books site has commissioned "9/11 stories" from six writers, including Geoff Dyer, Will Self and Laila Lalami, that address the question of "what fiction can tell us about 9/11." You can find all six stories here.


Are you or anyone you know a struggling writer? Frustrated with your day job? Perhaps you'll feel inspired (or just amused) by this newly-released video from Open Road Media, in which authors like John Lutz and Andre Dubus explain how they paid the bills while they were trying to make it as writers:

Find more literary fun on the Open Road Media blog.

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