Archive: November 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008

The Reader in the Oval Office

Now that Barack Obama has confounded us all by performing almost exactly as the polls said he would, I'm wondering what the effect will be of having a president who reads literary fiction. The president-elect's favorite authors are said to include Herman Melville, Toni Morrison, E.L. Doctorow and Philip Roth:...

By Ron Charles | November 7, 2008; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Why Readers Loved Michael Crichton and Critics Didn't

Michael Crichton once compared writing a novel to being deep in the bowels of a ship. "All you can see are the pipes and the grease and the fittings of the boiler room, and you have to assume the ship's exterior," he said, adding that the role of an editor...

By Alan Cooperman | November 6, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

'Wednesday' Morning Quarterback

On election day, Bob Kaiser ran a story in the Post about a political scientist at Emory University who confidently called the race back in August. Dr. Alan Abramowitz uses a complex mathematical formula that has predicted the presidential winner in every general election since 1952 (except that alt-history contest...

By Ron Charles | November 5, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Better Read Than Red

On the last day of a presidential campaign season that saw the return of that hoary old insult "Socialist!" what should wander onto our shelves but Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature. Edited by scholars Julia L. Mickenberg and Philip Nel, Tales for Little Rebels features...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | November 4, 2008; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

Google vs. You and Me

We've all heard about the Google settlement last week. To sum it up in one sentence: The huge corporate entity Google opted for the little guy. It had intended to digitalize every available book, whether or not the author and publisher wanted it. Their argument? They were doing it in...

By Marie Arana | November 3, 2008; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (2)


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