Archive: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

Governor Sanford's Fictional Counterpart

Ever since the news broke of Mark Sanford's Argentine adventure, I've had a funny feeling that I've read about similar breakdowns. I'm not talking about the real ones of Ensign or Craig or Foley or Spitzer or Blago, ad infinitum, but fictional ones. But I've been afflicted with the same...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | June 25, 2009; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (10)

What to Skip

I want to add my two cents to Jack Murnighan's new book, "Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature's 50 Greatest Hits." I agree with some his skip recommendations. For example, I consider everything in Thomas Mann's "Magic Mountain" after Hans Castorp's dream in...

By Denny Drabelle | June 25, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Better Than Space Camp

One of our favorite reviewers, Jeff VanderMeer, has just told me about a relatively new SF/fantasy writing camp in South Carolina that sounds too cool to be true. Shared Worlds is a two-week experience for kids 13-18 held on the campus of Wofford College July 19-August 1. Campers from around...

By Ron Charles | June 24, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Reader Spotlight: David Trent of Laurel, MD

Consuming youthful passions aren't always what popular culture would have us believe. David Trent's insatiable appetite is for books on philosophy, religion and history. Asked how he'd like to be identified, Trent, 21, replied: "What a question! I've actually been wondering about this for years now, and the question continues."...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | June 22, 2009; 9:39 PM ET | Comments (3)

 

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