The Speed Read

Writing begins with questions, according to Amy Bloom in her essay for The Writing Life....In honor of Earth Day, Henry David Thoreau burns down Concord Woods....There's a blurry line between fact and fiction, in fact and fiction....Chinese and Indian readers save publishing.... Podcasting a novel leads to wealth and acclaim, or at least to publication....Two men admit to firebombing a publisher's home over the dangerous and dreadful Jewel of Medina....Picking what to read on vacation can be agony....The Kindle won't stop people from buying books, but it may mean we'll finish fewer of them....What are the best last lines in literature? ... Originality is overrated, especially in the book business.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  April 22, 2009; 10:12 AM ET
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