Humidity be darned, here are some writing-themed links for a stuffy summer weekend.
Ephemeral New York finds written proof that the East Village never changes.
Steven Hart notes that Philip K. Dick’s Library of America editions are selling well.
Market research may not be the publishing industry’s strong point, but Random House and Zogby International have started to put faces to pairs of anonymous eyes. Their nationwide poll (12-page PDF here) does help explain who purchases books, but it won’t tell you why people bought your book—so authors, keep those runestones and pigeon livers handy!
Finally, since it’s going to be a scorching outside, here are two videos to keep you cool: Jose Iturbi listening patiently to “Route 66” and then demonstrating the real way to play the song. After that, who needs air conditioning?