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Madonna's out-of-print book "Sex" is still popular, Central Park has a new font, and the Hold Steady go '80s

By Emma Mustich

Published August 30, 2011 8:59PM (EDT)

Madonna  (AP/Peter Kramer)
Madonna (AP/Peter Kramer)

1. What do Madonna, Johnny Cash and Norman Mailer have in common?

All three have volumes among the top-10 "most sought after out-of-print books," according to's fall 2011 report. Madonna came in on top (again) with "Sex" -- "the largest-grossing illustrated book of all time," according to AbeBooks -- while Cash's "Man in Black" and Mailer's biography of Marilyn Monroe came in seventh and eighth places, respectively. [Via The Guardian]

2. The next season of "Dancing With the Stars" will feature Nancy Grace, Chaz Bono and David Arquette, among others.

Despite ourselves, we were hoping the invite to Christine O'Donnell would be re-extended. She might have considered accepting it this time; her book's reportedly not selling very well.

3. Central Park's new font.

At the New York Times' City Room blog, David Dunlap notes that Central Park's signs are sporting a new font this year. "The appearance of white Titling Gothic letters on a sprightly yellowish-green background is supposed to convey more of an informal than a dictatorial stance," he writes. [Via ARTINFO]

4. Wanted: Volunteers with a knack for transcription.

The scholars bent on deciphering the Oxyrhynchus Papyri -- 500,000 fragments of Greek writing created two millennia ago -- won't be able to finish the job on their own. If you've got some time on your hands, head over here to help them out. [Via io9]

5. The Hold Steady covers Huey Lewis & the News' "The Power of Love" for A.V. Club's excellent Undercover series:

It's back to the future, as Craig Finn's Brooklyn bar band -- usually associated with Bruce Springsteen or obscure Minneapolis hardcore bands -- tackles the '80s hit.

The Hold Steady covers Huey Lewis & The News

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