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GE Still Hearts NBC … For Now

MEDIA • General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt said he'd postpone any decision on selling NBC until after the 2008 Olympics. Let's just hope 30 Rock and Friday Night Lights last that long. [FT] • Doris Lessing beat out Philip Roth, who was rumored as a top candidate, for this year's Nobel Prize in literature. It probably helps that Lessing's most recent novel doesn't involve an old geezer fucking a "luckless goy chick" in the face. [NYT, Hitchens/Atlantic] • FSG dominated this year's National Book Award finalists, with five out of ten in fiction and nonfiction coming from the tweedy publisher's lists. [NYT]

Giant Bonuses for Former Clerks Make Judges Feel Even Worse

LAW • Associate pay raises are pretty good, but $200,000 signing bonuses for former Supreme Court clerks are even better. [Slate] • Ben Rosenberg starts work today as chief trial counsel for the New York State attorney general's office. His first task is to win back some of Dick Grasso's money from the NYSE. [Law Blog/WSJ] • Lawyers who play Second Life are bringing their real legal expertise to this artificial world. [ABA Journal via Legal Blog Watch]