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Leave it to writer Tod Goldberg to put together a wickedly good preview of the LA Times Festival of Books, which has just come out with its panel schedule. His recommendations are good, if oddly humble (apparently you may find him at the LA Lit panel instead of his own); we have to add that it's worth seeking him out, since he's entertaining as hell. The best part, though, is his imagined conversation between Joyce Carol Oates and Michael Silverblatt (pictured). It helps to imagine Tod doing his Michael Silverblatt impression, which is somehow more Silverblatty than Silverblatt himself. All in good fun, of course; anybody who talks about books is cool in our, uh, book.