Weird Week in Writing: The last audiobook you'd ever expect; Shakespeare crook goes to jail; the writer of Armageddon makes Salinger film

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Freaky Friday—the latest from the weird and wonderful world of
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Celluloid Salinger: Keeping up with the general strangeness/awesomeness of the J.D. Salinger legacy, a new documentary about the author is on its way in September by … the writer/co-writer of Armageddon and Shaft. Director Shane Salerno also is working on a massive biography, The Private War of J.D. Salinger, with David Shields.

For your ears only: London-based publisher Beautiful Books is releasing the first-ever audio version of the Kama Sutra. Next up: A pop-up book?

Daunting Data: There are 129,864,880 books in the world. But there’s got to be a little room left for the rest of us in there, right?

All’s Well That Ends Well: An antiques dealer gets a hold of a stolen original Shakespeare folio, damages it in an attempt to make it look like a different copy, poses as an international playboy, and gets eight years in jail.

Burt Reynolds Hotline: The Letters I Get … and Write!: And eight other awful library books.

Bieber’s Bio: Justin Bieber may have tweeted that his new book is in fact not a memoir, but that doesn’t mean Britney Spears’ Heart to Heart and Drew Barrymore’s Little Girl Lost never happened. Here’s the HuffPo’s roundup of books from the under-25 set.

Spawn spawns winner:
Comics hit the courts again, and in the legal dilemma between writer Neil Gaiman and artist Todd McFarlane, Gaiman has emerged victorious. Further cementing his status as one of the world’s coolest writers, Gaiman has said the settlement will go to comics charities.

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