I know it's been light around here lately — I've been busy then sick then busy again. Here's some reading to keep you occupied:

The Washington Post wonders if short stories are having their day, and why they don't sell as well as novels, with some interesting sales numbers.

The New York Times ponders what makes one book a best-seller and another a flop, and points out how backwards the publishing industry is.

And finally, Wet Asphalt alum and our nominee for greatest living critic Tom Bissell is looking for the resting places of the apostles. Which has nothing to do with fiction or poetry but is hella cool anyway.