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 Ron Rosenbaum wonders what will happen to J.D. Salinger's unpublished work (if there is any) when he dies (reclusively). ... Joel Achenbach speculates about why men don't read fiction. ... Howard Dean is the new chairman of the Progressive Book Club, which was set up to counteract, he writes, conservatives who "have long used books - and book clubs - to legitimize their ideas and bring credibility to their principles and policies." Brilliant concept that, using books to convey ideas.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  June 8, 2009; 2:13 PM ET
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