Archive: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

Dickens Diagnoses Irrational Exuberance

I'm reading Little Dorrit right now, inspired by the fine BBC series that aired earlier this year on PBS. Much has been made of the similarities between Mr. Merdle, the fictional 19th-century financier, and Mr. Madoff, the all-to-real 20th century swindler. But I was gob smacked the other night by...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | June 11, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Dave Eggers Tells Me To Cheer Up

Dave Eggers claims print still have a lot to offer in the e-future.

By Ron Charles | June 10, 2009; 5:41 AM ET | Comments (3)

The Speed Read

The Orange Prize committee set up a shadow panel of teen judges, who rejected the prize's finalists with a "shoddy work grownups," and picked their own prizewinner, Bernardine Evaristo's Blonde Roots. ... Did George Orwell swipe the plot of 1984? ... Ron Rosenbaum wonders what will happen to J.D. Salinger's...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | June 8, 2009; 2:13 PM ET | Comments (0)


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