"In May 1958 Flannery O’Connor and her mother were given a pilgrimage to Lourdes. From there they went to Rome and were granted an audience with Pope Pius XII [Eugenio Pacelli], the last Roman Pontiff of the Catholic Church before the reforms of Vatican II and Pope John 23rd. Pius XII, who would die soon after the photograph, was the grandest of the last two centuries."
Sam Lipsyte, once known as Sam Shit, performs in his 90s post-punk band, Dungbeetle. His latest book of short stories, The Fun Parts, is out tomorrow!
And here’s Vulture on whether the world has finally caught up to him.
Inside Ben Schrank’s novel, Love Is a Canoe, lurks a self-help guide, Marriage Is a Canoe, which for good or ill steers the fate of the book’s love-crossed characters. Here are valentines for the bookish, the cynical, the lovers of a good promo. Happy Valentine’s Day from Book Keeping!