There's a review of the Gossip Girl series in this week's New Yorker by Janet Malcolm, the revered literary biographer, and it is delightful! She describes Cecily von Ziegesar's series as a "Waughish achievement" and refers to Nate, the dim but gorgeous boyfriend of sumptuous villainess Blair Waldorf as a " Vronsky manqué." The melding of hyper-literary references and teen cultural touchstones will make your dreary Monday, even if writing about Gossip Girl books is about four years past relevance. [New Yorker]