Archive: February 22, 2009 - February 28, 2009

The View from Across the Pond

Le Monde has a sympathetic -- dare I say, fraternal? -- article on the end of Book World's stand-alone print edition. It's gratifying to see Book World described as one of the best literary weeklies "outre-Atlantique" (beyond the Atlantic) and a "supplement celebre" (no translation needed). And do I detect...

By Alan Cooperman | February 27, 2009; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Five Favorite Garry Wills Books

Whose fame by now is more than mine? Of my work all can quote a line. --from Martial's epigram No. 83, translated by Garry Wills Our era will pose a problem for future social historians: They'll drown in material. Understanding wars and politics won't be so hard. But social...

By Alan Cooperman | February 26, 2009; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

Remembering Irish Poet Christopher Nolan

I was so sad to hear that Christopher Nolan passed away last week in Dublin at the age of 43. His remarkable memoir, Under the Eye of the Clock, had an enormous influence on my life when I needed it most. Nolan was born in 1965 with cerebral palsy as...

By Ron Charles | February 25, 2009; 7:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Too Much 'War and Peace'?

A newish (2005) translation of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" has just landed on my desk, done by a man named Anthony Briggs and published by Penguin Classics. Is it a good thing that, with this one, we now have at least half-a-dozen mass-market English translations of the novel to...

By Denny Drabelle | February 24, 2009; 7:08 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Wanton Woman Through the Ages

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Very Short List recommending the recently released DVD of the 1967 film Far From the Madding Crowd, starring Julie Christie. VSL, a free email which recommends "one must-see gem a day," described the film as "the best adaption of Thomas Hardy's...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | February 23, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (3)


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