Morning Book Reads: Norman Mailer’s Apartment Up for Grabs and a Book Site for 20-Somethings

A hedge fund manager wants assurances that Norman Mailer’s curious apartment in Brooklyn Heights complies with zoning codes before he buys it. Or maybe he just found out that Mailer stabbed one of his wives with a penknife there. In any case, the buyer appears to have cold feet. Occupy Norman Mailer’s apartment? [NYT]

Book Riot is a book site for 18 to 34-year-olds. As this article points out, it does not seem to have made up its mind whether it’s for adults who like to read, or for adults who hate to read (viz. “Charles Dickens is reigning king of Dead White Guys You Should Have Read in High School, But Probably Just Read the Cliff Notes or Possibly Watched the BBC Mini-series.”) Even if it’s being all bloggy about it, The Hairpin still rightly assumes that its readers love, say, George Eliot. [PaidContent]

The New York Times has discovered that Barnes & Noble pulled DC Comics from its shelves after the comic book publisher signed an exclusive deal to publish books digitally on Amazon. [NYT]

Another article about “Why writers should embrace Amazon’s takeover of the publishing industry.” Occupy the publishing industry!  [The New Republic]

Fans of St. Mark’s Bookshop sing to save it. [DNAInfo]

An interview with Lauren Myracle, spurned ex-National Book Award finalist. [Vanity Fair]

Julian Barnes, winner of the Man Booker Prize yesterday, discussed the dubious value of the Booker Prize back in 1987. [London Review of Books]