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Archive for December, 2007

Mon, December 10th, 2007
Philip Pullman Answers Somewhat Softly
Posted by: Keir Graff

Given a recent Major Motion Picture Event, Philip Pullman’s popular His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, 1996; The Subtle Knife, 1997; The Amber Spyglass, 2000) has enjoyed a resurgence of attention. Well, perhaps “enjoyed” doesn’t tell the full story. But rather than link to the many examples of fear for thought, I’ll just link to this interesting […]


Mon, December 10th, 2007
Biographer of Roosevelt and Nixon Sentenced to Prison
Posted by: Keir Graff

Conrad Black (aka Lord Black of Crossharbour, aka “The Robber Baron”), author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom (2003) and Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full (2007), has been sentenced to 78 months in prison (“Judge cuts Conrad Black a break,” by Abdon M. Pallasch, Chicago Sun-Times). He doesn’t look happy. If he […]


Mon, December 10th, 2007
Now If Only We Could Get Robots to Write Them, Too
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’ve seen many mentions of the Espresso Book Machine, usually referenced in discussions of how print-on-demand will revolutionize the publishing industry (although sometimes simply in reference to publishers’ attempts to redefine the words “in print”)–but I’d never seen one in action until just moments ago. (Helpful definition: rasterize.) Warning: this will only be of interest to […]


Fri, December 7th, 2007
Zoinks!
Posted by: Keir Graff

Because it’s Friday, and you need a larf. Also because I’ll be spending this afternoon at the ALA Winter Event (aka holiday party). Via Bookninja, a lost quarto of Hamlet: KING            …`Now the king drinks to Hamlet.’ Come, begin,                 And you the judges, bear a wary eye Trumpets sound.  HAMLET and LAERTES take their stations HAMLET:         Come […]


Thu, December 6th, 2007
There’s a Rapper On My Bus Who Needs a Suspended Sentence, Too
Posted by: Keir Graff

The Lyrical Terrorist has been sentenced. From the Guardian (“‘Lyrical terrorist’ sentenced over extremist poetry,” by Samina Malik): A 23-year-old former Heathrow shop assistant who called herself the “lyrical terrorist” and scrawled her extremist thoughts on till receipts has been handed a nine-month suspended jail sentence. Free samples.


Thu, December 6th, 2007
Sun-Times Won’t Be Outdone by the Tribune
Posted by: Keir Graff

Now the bad news. The Chicago Sun-Times is taking the axe to its book section. From Critical Mass: Just when it seemed the cutbacks in newspaper book sections had struck bone, they’ve gone deeper yet this month. Starting on December 30th the Chicago Sun-Times’ book section – formerly run by Cheryl L. Reed, now by […]


Thu, December 6th, 2007
What, no money?
Posted by: Keir Graff

The Association of American Publishers will award its AAP Honors prize to the National Book Critics Circle. Hey, we’ve got a couple of NBCC members around here…way to go, Brad and Donna! From the Associated Press (“Publishers to honor critics“): “As newspapers across the country slashed book review space and fired experienced book editors in […]


Thu, December 6th, 2007
Dinaw Mengestu Wins the Guardian First Book
Posted by: Keir Graff

Dinaw Mengestu has won the Guardian First Book Award for his novel Children of the Revolution (that’s what they’re calling it in England, anyway–U.S. readers know it as The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears). From–where else?–the Guardian (“Ethiopian-American wins Guardian First Book Award,” by Sarah Crown): Speaking after the award was presented at a ceremony […]


Wed, December 5th, 2007
So the ALA, Microsoft, and France walk into a bar…
Posted by: Keir Graff

While the googolplexes of articles about Google Book Search often make me goggly-eyed, occasionally I read one in spite of myself. And in Jonathan V. Last’s “Google and Its Enemies” (The Weekly Standard), which is for the most part a reasonable explanation of the brouhaha surrounding Google Book Search, I was rewarded with this gem: Google has, as […]


Tue, December 4th, 2007
Listing to One Side
Posted by: Keir Graff

The Washington Post‘s Top Ten Books of 2007. The New York Times Sunday Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2007. (In common: The Savage Detectives, Tree of Smoke.) The National Book Critics Circle launches a new kind of list: the Best Recommended List. (Publishers Weekly called it the Most Recommended List.) (In common: Tree of Smoke.) […]





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