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A Festival of Festival-of-Books Blog Posts

- Volunteer LAT Review of Books ombudsman Mark Sarvas ventures down his own personal Congo, which is to say, the Friday night awards ceremony and after-party, and encounters his own personal Mr. Kurtz, which is to say, LATRB editor Steve Wasserman:

As we headed out to call it an early night (we have a 7a.m. bike ride ahead of us), we were stopped short by the apparition of The Man in the White Suit. We couldn’t resist, and we marched right up and introduced ourselves to Steve Wasserman. He was extraordinarily genial, said he admired our “passion” and that he hoped we’d find more to be enthusiastic about in the Book Review … We told him we planned to attend his panel on Sunday (to give him a fair shot at barring us at the door) but he seemed pleased at the notion … We admit we were slightly disappointed to not even perceive a narrowing of the eyes, a slight hand movement toward his holster …

- Defamer spots Scientologists.

- James Wolcott gets into a staring contest with Mickey Kaus in the green room.

- Tod Goldberg is the only person who actually sounds like he had much fun at the Festival.

- Panels? Oh, yeah. Panels. Laist reports on a few, including the Rachel Resnick/Jerry Stahl cool-fest.

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