Archive: May 10, 2009 - May 16, 2009

The Speed Read

New York Times columnist David Pogue is getting his 200,000 Twitter followers to write his next book for him. ... Amazon plans to cut out the middle man by publishing its own books. Publishing houses tremble. ... S.E. Hinton still loves Tulsa, especially now that the socs and greasers have...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | May 15, 2009; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Weeder

It's crunch time in my household: too many books, not enough space. Several bookcases are double-shelved; most have books on the very top; and even some cupboards hold books rather than food or crockery. One of these days -- no, make that pretty damn soon -- I've got to cull....

By Denny Drabelle | May 14, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (6)

Stop reading that book -- go watch TV!

A new TV show called Open Book is one of the more attractive recent efforts to salvage book coverage in this country. Eschewing the usual talking heads approach (Zzzzzz), Open Book packages author interviews in beautifully filmed segments, directed by Diane Paragas, that show writers walking around outdoors, staring off...

By Ron Charles | May 13, 2009; 5:18 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Speed Read

Derek Walcott withdraws as a candidate to be Oxford University's professor of poetry after an anonymous letter campaign revives accusations of sexual harassment against him (Pause for a moment to contemplate what it must be like to live in a place where a poetry professorship spawns highly public, political-style campaigning)....

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | May 12, 2009; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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