What are you up to this weekend? We're going to take it easy and head to the beach to cool off. This week has been a scorcher and it looks like the hot weather is going to continue through the weekend. We recently bought a cooler, so we'll bring lunches and do it up tourist style. Have a good one, and here are 10 literary links from around the web...
Sylvia Plath might have been the first person to use basic as an insult (as in basic bitch).
Restless Books is offering a prize to a first-generation American immigrant writer.
The Offing staff's favorite reads for the dog days of summer.
75 books publishers can't wait to read this fall.
How a small Italian press gained a cult-like following and became "Instagram fodder."
Campaign promotes free bus fare for passengers who read while they ride (article in Spanish).
Elena Ferrante on friendship, literary gynaeceum and feminism.
Cormac McCarthy didn't join Twitter (unfortunately, it was a hoax), but he is working on a new novel.
Photo: Outtake from the latest installment of bookstore and a bar.