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Let’s get right to the point this week. The one thing I can’t stand is shilly-shallying. (At least, shilly-shallying is one among the many, many things I can’t stand.)

— Steve Martin speaks at the 92nd Street Y in NYC.

Steve Martin does not talk about television or The Jerk, but instead talks about art and his latest book.

Viewers watching on television send emails protesting the artistic bent of the conversation.

92nd Street Y apologizes to all attendees, and sends them $50 tickets for any future event of their choice.

Carolyn Kellogg, among others, dismisses the audience as Philistines.

I’m initially inclined to do the same, but some who were there defend the audience and the Y, and it (sort of) makes sense.

— Roxane Gay writes about the lack of diversity in the new Best American Short Stories collection. 207 comments as of this post. I’m a very big Roxane Gay fan, but I’ve not yet read the new BASS. Still, judging by her roundup, it sounds like she has a point. Not a new point, perhaps … but a point.

— Amazon takes steps to correct the issue we touched on last week relating to public domain titles.

— “Cooking the Books” with Emily Gould is my new favorite online show.

— The WBN ToW is our friends @ChamberFour. Lots of daily links to literary news, along with plenty of East Coast snideness. Or “snidity,” as I first typed, and which I still prefer, whether or not it’s a real word (and it’s not).

— Shameless Plug(s) of the Week: “Like” us on Facebook and receive discounts on membership. Meanwhile, I review two new titles on Fringe.

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