Archive: August 23, 2009 - August 29, 2009

Ollie North Visits National Firearm's Museum

Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North signs a copy of his new book. (Photo by Stephen Lowman) By Stephen Lowman The newly renovated gift shop at the NRA's National Firearm's Museum in Fairfax, Va., probably has the largest collection of firearm literature on the East Coast. While the store features...

By Steven E. Levingston | August 28, 2009; 4:32 PM ET | Comments (1)

Joyce Carol Oates Begs to Differ on Ted Kennedy

Amid the accolades and outpouring of affection for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, author Joyce Carol Oates ponders the senator's redemption after his questionable behavior on that night in 1969 when Mary Jo Kopechne died at Chappaquiddick bridge. She writes, "If one weighs the life of a single young...

By Steven E. Levingston | August 28, 2009; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (5)

Obama as Oprah, Romance in Your Future, Dan Brown and Fall Hit Parade, How Fast Is Usain Bolt?

Barack Obama is the Oprah of book sales, if you can get your title on his nightstand. ... Jane Friedman, former chief executive of HarperCollins, may be thinking that romance novels are the future of publishing. ... Google is making more than one million books available in a format that...

By Steven E. Levingston | August 28, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ted Kennedy Biographies

Two biographies released this year and an autobiography coming next month capture the life of Sen. Edward Kennedy. "True Compass: A Memoir" by Edward M. Kennedy will be released Sept. 14 by Twelve, a Hachette Book Group imprint. The publisher said today: "We are deeply saddened by today's news. In...

By Steven E. Levingston | August 26, 2009; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Why the Health Care Debate Is So Explosive

An opponent of Democratic health-care reform proposals debates Rep. Adam Schiff (D - Calif.) during a town hall meeting on Aug. 11 in Alhambra, Calif. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Guest blogger James A. Morone is author with David Blumenthal of "The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in...

By Steven E. Levingston | August 26, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (56)

Pynchon -- Heard But Still Not Seen

By Stephen Lowman "$27.95? Really? That used to be, like, three weeks of groceries, man. What year is this again?" It's 2009 and the line comes from a promotional video created by Penguin Books to stir up excitement for Thomas Pynchon's latest novel, "Inherent Vice," set in 1960s L.A...

By Steven E. Levingston | August 25, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Three Ways of Looking at James Wood

By Justin Moyer Lit-crit contrarian king James Wood -- who testifies to the importance of two-dimensional characters and calls David Foster Wallace "good at becoming the whole of boredom" -- spoke at Politics and Prose Bookstore last week. Here's one reporter's notes from the event presented in three different...

By Steven E. Levingston | August 24, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

 

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