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On the Books Aug. 22: New Decemberists video's literary roots, Obama's summer reading picks

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++ Parks and Recreation showrunner Michael Schur, a David Foster Wallace fan, based the “Calamity Song” video he directed for the Decemberists on Wallace’s seminal novel Infinite Jest. Let the tennis balls fly!

++ Self-published author John Locke, not to be confused with the 17th century philosopher or a Smoke Monster, has entered an exclusive deal with Simon & Schuster to handle the distribution of physical copies of his books. Locke’s Donovan Creed novels, which have sold more than a million digital copies, will be available in traditional bookstores starting February 2012.

++ President Obama may not have much time to read, but at least he has good taste. He stopped at the independent bookstore Bunch of Grapes in Martha’s Vineyard on Friday, picking up Ward Just’s Chicago-set novel Rodin’s Debutante and The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter’s Bone.

Originally posted August 22 2011 — 11:29 AM EDT

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