Archive: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

John Mortimer, He Who Must Be Obeyed

Like millions of other fans, I was sorry to hear that John Mortimer passed away on Friday at his home in Oxfordshire, England. He was 85. In a series of witty novels, the British lawyer-turned-writer brought to life his alter ego: the barrister Horace Rumpole, made even more famous in...

By Ron Charles | January 17, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)


"Reverse publishing" -- that's what we call it when we take material (especially feedback from readers) that originated on the Post's Web site and print it in the newspaper. The "reverse" part of the term is a legacy of the days -- it seems like eons ago, but it's been...

By Alan Cooperman | January 16, 2009; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Dear Author, Where Art Thou?

Keeping track of all the books published each year, in a myriad of genres and by a seemingly endless parade of new (often dazzlingly wonderful) authors, can be daunting. Even when it's part of your job. Every now and then, I get that panicky feeling ... what ever happened to...

By Christopher Schoppa | January 15, 2009; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (2)

Nevermore? Here's Mo' Poe Than Ever

The pendulum has finally swung to the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's birth (Jan. 19), and the city of Baltimore, where he lived for much of his short, tortured life, is celebrating all year long. Leonard Slatkin got things started last week by leading the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra through...

By Ron Charles | January 14, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Best of the West

The world needs a "Collected Essays and Reviews of Rebecca West," and the International Rebecca West Society aims to provide it. (Our actual working title is "The Best of West.") Born Cicely Fairfield, West (1892-1983) was called "the world's number one woman writer" by Time magazine in 1947, the period...

By Denny Drabelle | January 13, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Who Reads New Yorker Fiction?

Not me. Or at least not as often as I probably should. But luckily there are bloggers to do that for us. (Pretty soon bloggers, twitterers and Facebook friends will do all our thinking for us.) Over at The Millions, Max Magee comments on every story that ran in the...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | January 12, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (2)


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