Archive: January 4, 2009 - January 10, 2009

Father Richard John Neuhaus, Politics, Books and Nakedness

I suspect that the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, who died of cancer on Thursday, will be remembered primarily for helping to forge evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics into a potent alliance on conservative social issues such as abortion and embryonic stemcell research. But there was much more to him than...

By Alan Cooperman | January 9, 2009; 1:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

Most Wanted Out-of-Print Books in 2008

Every year I'm fascinated by this list released by BookFinder. It tracks requests for out-of-print books at second-hand bookstores and Web sites. Here are the top five most sought-out titles you can't buy new in 2008: 1. Once a Runner, a novel from 1978 by John L. Parker, about long-distance...

By Ron Charles | January 8, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Language Lounge

This week marks the fourth anniversary of The Language Lounge, a linguistics column on the Visual Thesaurus Web site. It's a monthly column that considers questions like, "Is there any reliable pattern of sound symbolism associated with diphthongs?" (Now don't all answer at once!) The author, Orin Hargraves, is a...

By Ron Charles | January 7, 2009; 7:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama + Books = Good Reading

The anticipation surrounding the Obama inauguration, already at fever pitch, was bumped up a notch with the Obama family's arrival in Washington this past weekend, sweeping into the elegant Hay Adams hotel in those ubiquitious black SUVs for a two week stint, before they decamp for government quarters. For those...

By Christopher Schoppa | January 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

 

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