Archive: June 28, 2009 - July 4, 2009

Dick's Bestseller

Dick Morris has hyperventilated his way to the top of the Washington Post Bestseller List. His book, "Catastrophe," will debut this weekend atop the nonfiction list beating out last week's leader "Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto" by Mark R. Levin. The book, written with Eileen McGann, is a breathless...

By Steven E. Levingston | July 2, 2009; 5:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Ghostwriter?

Conservative author Jack Cashill has set himself up as a literary Sherlock Holmes, and the mystery he is determined to solve is why the eloquent President Obama couldn't possibly have written his best selling 1995 memoir "Dreams From My Father." The book is beautifully written and yet, in Cashill's opinion,...

By Steven E. Levingston | July 2, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Who Cares What Critics Have to Say?

Dan Zak points out over in Style that the movie Transformers has received some of the worst reviews ever--"A horrible experience of unbearable length"; "Striking, shrieking incoherence"; and so on--yet its ticket sales are approaching box office records. Which makes one wonder, of course, whether critics have any influence anymore....

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | July 1, 2009; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (4)

Electric Literature

Amid all the dismal reports about the death of fiction, here's a refreshingly bold act of optimism: a new bimonthly magazine called Electric Literature. And it's not just MFA kids self-publishing their diatribes against Mom and Dad. The first issue sports stories by such heavyweights as Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Cunningham...

By Ron Charles | July 1, 2009; 5:04 AM ET | Comments (2)

Michael Jackson, Reader

Yes, yes, everyone's sick of all the Michael Jackson coverage, but Carolyn Kellogg of the Los Angeles Times actually found a new angle on the pop star's tragic life and death: Michael Jackson loved books. Book stores throughout Los Angeles recalled that he was a frequent visitor when he was...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | June 30, 2009; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Speed Read...the Washington Post

Sunday's paper was full of book stories, and not just the Book World reviews, where A.J. Jacobs puzzles over invented languages, Guy Gugliotta critiques scientific hype or Jonathan Yardley resurrects John Dillinger. In Style & Arts, a former patent lawyer explains why she quit her job to publish erotic literature....

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | June 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)


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