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Archive for the 'Feuds' Category

Mon, February 13th, 2012
Okri v. Robertson, Rounds 1 & 2
Posted by: Keir Graff

Always eager for a good literary dust-up, I read with interest the news that Booker Prize winner Ben Okri had responded to comments made last month by his editor, Robin Robertson. In Sameer Rahim’s January 23 Telegraph article, “The Mystery of Poetry Editing: From T. S. Eliot to John Burnside,” Robertson, a Scotsman, claimed (or “confessed”) that he had […]


Wed, January 11th, 2012
Good Prize for Bad Review
Posted by: Keir Graff

As reported by Jill Lawless (Lucy, your long-lost sister is a reporter!) in the Associated Press, the brand-new Hatchet Job of the Year Award will celebrate “the angriest, funniest, most trenchant” book review of 2011. The winner will receive a year’s supply of something called potted shrimp (courtesy of the Fish Society)—so you know the […]


Mon, July 18th, 2011
Manso v. Garner: The Makings of a Genuine Literary Feud?
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s been a while since we’ve had a good, old-fashioned literary dust-up—and while I’m not sure that Manso v. Gardner has the makings of a classic, I’ll take what I can get on a sleepy summer Monday. If you didn’t read Garner’s entertaining but occasionally odd takedown of Manso’s Reasonable Doubt: The Fashion Writer, Cape Cod, and […]


Fri, February 5th, 2010
Weeklings: J. D. Salinger’s Privacy, iPad’s Place in the Digital Hierarchy, the Many Faces of Bloomsbury, and Martin Amis’ Death Booths
Posted by: Keir Graff

J. D. Salinger has died. The writer who lived so privately has, in death, once again become the subject of the kind of intense public scrutiny that infuriated him. After the reflections of our own Daniel Kraus,  the pieces I enjoyed the most were sort of quirky, personal views: Joanna Smith Rakoff’s memories of working for Salinger’s […]


Fri, July 17th, 2009
What I Haven’t Been Writing About
Posted by: Keir Graff

I have been swamped–SWAMPED–the past few weeks, editing newsletters, mining data, writing reviews, and preparing for and attending Annual Conference. I say that not to complain but to account for my near-absence from both the blogosphere and the twitterdome. This absence pains me, because the news has been full of my kind of blogfodder. As I am an […]


Fri, February 13th, 2009
Quickly: Banning Books, Speaking Freely, Faking Memoirs, Stealing Books, Feeling Sorry
Posted by: Keir Graff

And what a week it was. All right, fine: weeks. A few miscellaneous links I can’t delete without sharing . . . . The editorial board of the New York Times makes a good point (“Banning Books in Miami“): The Miami-Dade School Board’s decision is not only unconstitutional, it is counterproductive. If the board wants […]


Mon, December 8th, 2008
Book-Group Battleground
Posted by: Keir Graff

Usually I leave the book-group beat to Book Group Buzz, but since I also patrol the feudin’ and fussin’ beat, I’m going to poach this story. Sorry, I mean, share this story–I’d love to read some of their front-line observations on the topic. But Joanne Kaufman’s New York Times article, “Fought Over Any Good Books […]


Thu, October 30th, 2008
Socialite Sues Sneaky Sis for Spurious Self-Aggrandizement
Posted by: Keir Graff

The New York Post (“Sis Family Feud’s One for Books,” by Bruce Golding) reports on a literary lawsuit where the facts may be more entertaining than the fiction. The author of the soon-to-be-published novel Hedge Fund Wives makes some serious claims about her sibling’s claims to her creativity: Writer Tatiana Boncompagni Hoover claims in court papers […]


Tue, October 14th, 2008
Quickly: A Lawsuit, a Snub, an Accusation, and a Protest
Posted by: Keir Graff

Lots of people waking up on the wrong side of the bed this week. Here in the U.S., Martin Luther King’s children are fighting over Barbara Reynolds’ in-progress biography of their father (“Dr. King’s Children Battling Over Book,” by Robbie Brown, The New York Times): “It’s sad and pathetic to see the three of them […]


Fri, October 3rd, 2008
Quickly: Writers both Highly Paid and Vomited On–and Much, Much More
Posted by: Keir Graff

Your Friday grab-bag:  Bernard Henri Levy and Michel Houellebecq are tired of being pushed around, darn it. And, like the public men of letters they are, they’re . . . taking it public. The headline to Angelique Chrisafis’ Guardian story says it all: “The cultural whipping boys’ manifesto: France has vomited on us for too […]





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