The Speed Read

Ruth Padel resigns from her brand-new poetry position at Oxford University after it appeared that she was more involved in the "dirty tricks dossier" aimed at Derek Walcott, the front runner for the position, than she originally let on. ... Robert Ludlum, the author, is dead, but Robert Ludlum, the brand, lives on. ... Mark Athitakis reads Susan Bell's essay in "The Writer's Notebook" on F. Scott Fitzgerald's revisions to "The Great Gatsby." ... Over at the Observer, Robert McCrum breaks down book prize candidates into foxes and hedgehogs, and mores and differents. ... And for those who like fresh air and exercise with their wordy board games, one couple has come up with lawn Scrabble.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  May 26, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
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