Archive: November 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008

Shiver Me Timbers, Oy Vey!

Among my favorite Jewish haiku is this gem: Seven-foot Jews in the NBA slam-dunking! My alarm clock rings. That verse came to mind as I compiled this list of books about the importance of my tribe. OK, so the Irish saved civilization! That's practically bupkes. According to this (mostly new)...

By Alan Cooperman | December 4, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Refreshed Classics: Abomination or Illumination?

When I was teaching, I considered modern English translations of English classics something of an abomination, but now that I've got baffled high-school-age kids of my own, I've softened considerably (in every way). The "No Fear Shakespeare" editions (published by SparkNotes) run the original text of the Bard's plays on...

By Ron Charles | December 3, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Buying Books in Philadelphia

It's easy for editors at newspaper book sections to get jaded about bookstores. After all, new books are sent to us; we don't have to buy them. As for the leisurely browsing that makes visiting a bookstore a full afternoon's entertainment, well, we browse, but in a rush, between meetings...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | December 2, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Read Any Foreign Lit Lately?

I don't know about you, but I was really struck by the news last week that Harcourt/Houghton has decided to stop acquiring works until further notice. What does that mean? That this giant of quality publishing will not longer be sniffing out worthy manuscripts? That it will now ignore an...

By Marie Arana | December 1, 2008; 7:01 AM ET | Comments (2)


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