Book News Roundup: Joan Didion goes to the movies

  • Friends, I messed up. I failed to mention in this week's reading calendar that the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair is tomorrow, August 26th, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Vera Project in Seattle Center. It features all kinds of neat organizations including Books to Prisoners, Left Bank Books, and the Social Justice Film Festival, and it's absolutely free. Go check it out, please.

  • You should definitely read this Seattle Times story about how Seattle is now the country's biggest company town:

Amazon now occupies a mind-boggling 19 percent of all prime office space in the city, the most for any employer in a major U.S. city, according to a new analysis conducted for The Seattle Times.

Amazon’s footprint in Seattle is more than twice as large as any other company in any other big U.S. city, and the e-commerce giant’s expansion here is just getting started.

  • Here's the thing about company towns: They always flourish until, suddenly, they stop flourishing.

  • Seattle publisher Fantagraphics announced this week that they'll be publishing a comic called Dull Margaret written by the great actor Jim Broadbent.

  • I don't agree with the assessment that Joan Didion is "the Original Millennial White Girl," but I can tell you that the movie that inspired this observation, Ingrid Goes West, is a decent (if not great) comedy with a bad ending.

  • Speaking of Didion, there's a Netflix documentary about her coming out later this year, along with a documentary about Gay Talese.

  • Neil Gaiman wrote a short-but-touching remembrance of sci-fi author Brian Aldiss at The Guardian.