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Archive for April, 2008

Wed, April 23rd, 2008
Bad Sex from Beyond the Grave
Posted by: Keir Graff

According to Page Six, researchers wishing to learn more about Norman Mailer’s sex life–and why would anyone would want to do that?–can contact Harvard: The storied Ivy League institution – where the Pulitzer-winning author received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering – has purchased a treasure trove of books, papers and letters relating to Mailer […]


Mon, April 21st, 2008
What’s next–a children’s book explaining daddy’s issues with the size of his manhood?
Posted by: Keir Graff

Once in a while I read something that just seems so, well, I don’t know what, but my opinion of it would seem so obvious that writing a caustic (or, less often, constructive) comment just seems redundant. But duty compels me, and so I persevere. The use of children’s books as educational tools isn’t new, of course. And […]


Mon, April 21st, 2008
Pinsky Answers Pesky Questions
Posted by: Keir Graff

Q. Why isn’t there an FAQ for modern poetry? A. There is. From Salon (“Why Don’t Modern Poems Rhyme, Etc.” by Robert Pinsky): 9. Well, I like poetry that is amusing, that maybe makes me chuckle a little. I’d rather read something reassuring and light than something complicated or gloomy. Is that bad? Does that mean […]


Mon, April 21st, 2008
Romance Writer’s Relationship Ends Badly
Posted by: Keir Graff

Signet is so over Cassie Edwards. From the Boston Globe (“Romance writer, publisher split up over plagiarism claims,” by Hillel Italie): NEW YORK—Romance writer Cassie Edwards and publisher Signet Books have decided to break up after allegations emerged in January that in she lifted passages in several of her books from other sources. “Signet has […]


Fri, April 18th, 2008
The Friday Laziness of Keir Graff
Posted by: Keir Graff

Over at Under the Covers, Lisa Chellman is trendspotting (and I’m reproducing her list, with links to the books we’ve reviewed): The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney The Puzzling World of Winston Breen The Daring Adventures of Penhaligon Brush The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous The Extraordinary Adventures […]


Thu, April 17th, 2008
Lonely Planet Thinks Travel Writer Is from Hell
Posted by: Keir Graff

Remember Thomas Kohnstamm? Well, he’s in the news again. His claims that Lonely Planet guides are not entirely trustworthy have irked a number of people, including, er, Lonely Planet. On their site, they address his charges, although they respond to one of his biggest complaints in a fairly vague manner: 5. Thomas claims he was […]


Thu, April 17th, 2008
Billionaire Versus Thousandaire
Posted by: Keir Graff

I’ve avoided mentioning the latest Harry Potter news–primarily because my fingers fight back when I try to type “J. K. Rowling”–but I must force them to obey. If you haven’t been following it, Rowling and Warner Brothers are suing tiny publisher RDR Books for RDR’s plan to publish Steven Vander Ark’s book, The Harry Potter […]


Thu, April 17th, 2008
And Everyone Says Blog Software is Bulletproof
Posted by: Keir Graff

Another day, another apology for another day without posting. Having recovered from my malicious bot attack, I’m now trying to recover from a software update. Careful readers will have noticed that, while the blog’s search function started working again yesterday, an error message was appearing, and now many archived posts seem to be colonized with […]


Tue, April 15th, 2008
Apocalypse Now and Then
Posted by: Keir Graff

I didn’t post yesterday because I was busy working on something for Booklist‘s May 15 Spotlight on SF/Fantasy–a core collection of apocalyptic fiction that preceded The Road. Whew! I may as well have chosen SF that involves space travel, or fantasy that features scaly beasts. I’m exaggerating, of course, but (and I’m quoting myself in advance […]


Fri, April 11th, 2008
Lustig Wins the Kafka
Posted by: Keir Graff

Arnost Lustig has won the Franz Kafka Prize. Details are sketchy, but it is reported that the Czech will take home a $10,000 check (or, if you prefer, cheque). You might think that there’s some favoritism at work here, but, in the eight-year history of the prize, Lustig is only the second Czech to win […]





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