Archive: November 9, 2008 - November 15, 2008

Pattern or Coincidence? You Decide

Piles and piles of books arrive at our offices every day, and we often notice publishing trends, or what seem to be trends . . . but might just be coincidences. So the game here is: Pattern or Coincidence? You tell us. I'll start you off with an easy example...

By Alan Cooperman | November 14, 2008; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

5 Daunting Doorstoppers You've Just Gotta Have!

I know any lover of books will understand when I say that there are masterpieces you buy to read and masterpieces you buy to shelve. You intend to read that Don Quixote or War and Peace or Ulysses some day -- you believe that its presence on your bookshelf alone...

By Marie Arana | November 13, 2008; 7:01 AM ET | Comments (16)

Memories of the Christian Science Monitor

Last month the Christian Science Monitor announced that it would shut down its daily print edition in April 2009. From then on, it will exist as a pure Web-only newspaper, the first national newspaper to take such a drastic step in the e-future. Friends and colleagues who knew I used...

By Ron Charles | November 12, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bad Words

The researchers behind the Oxford English Dictionary have created a database that monitors how the English language is changing. Made up of everything from literary novels to newspapers to the ephemera of chatrooms, the Oxford English Corpus now contains over 2 billion words. Naturally, the Oxford researchers are using their...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | November 11, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Want to Learn About Politics? Power? The World? Read a Few Great Novels

Last Monday, Nov. 3, on the eve of the presidential elections, a panel of three writers gathered at Johns Hopkins's SAIS (School of Advanced International Studies) to discuss, of all things, the urgent importance of literature. They were Azar Nafisi, author of the memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran; Joanne Leedom-Ackerman,...

By Marie Arana | November 10, 2008; 5:46 AM ET | Comments (2)

 

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