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Archive for the 'Weeklings' Category

Fri, July 9th, 2010
Weeklings, I Mean, Monthlings: From First Editions to E-Readers to Fox News Chicago
Posted by: Keir Graff

It’s been so long since I wrote a Weeklings that this is really a Monthlings–and that’s being charitable. Here are a few of the things I’ve read recently that have lodged in my brain…due to the length of this post, I have introduced subject headings. First Editions Much as I covet first editions, I only […]


Fri, April 2nd, 2010
Weeklings: Book Review Bingo, Alec Baldwin’s Bookmobile, Glenn Beck’s Fiction Book, and More
Posted by: Keir Graff

A random assortment of things that have caught my eye over the last couple of weeks. Book review bingo? I’m afraid to play it. Alec Baldwin bought a bookmobile (“Alec Baldwin Buys Massapequa Bookmobile,” by Irina Aleksander, New York Observer). I hope he’s not afraid to drive it. How much did writers of yore earn […]


Fri, March 19th, 2010
Last Weeklings: Late Edition
Posted by: Keir Graff

Whoops. So I forgot to hit “publish” on this edition of Weeklings last Friday. Lucky thing, though, because this week I’ve been far too busy to compile a new one. Portland, Oregon, here I come! A government poisoning its own people — sounds like Iraq under Saddam Hussein, right? How about the U.S. in the […]


Fri, February 26th, 2010
Weeklings: Toyota, James Frey, Charles Bukowski, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Posted by: Keir Graff

Charles Pellegrino’s The Last Train from Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back, a grim reexamination of the first wartime use of the atomic bomb, relies extensively on first-person accounts. Unfortunately, according to the New York Times (“Doubts Raised on Book’s Tale of Atom Bomb,” by William J. Broad), one section of the book relies on the […]


Fri, February 19th, 2010
Weeklings: Expensive E-books and Unapologetic Plagiarism
Posted by: Keir Graff

While agents and authors cheer Macmillan’s stand against Amazon, some e-book aficionados are angry at authors. In an anecdote-rich but fact-impoverished article in the New York Times, Motoko Rich and Brad Stone quote a bunch of people who are willing to pay a few hundred books for a gizmo — but balk at a few […]


Fri, February 12th, 2010
Weeklings: Books Are Elitist, Blogs Are for Old People, and Kirkus Has a New Owner
Posted by: Keir Graff

I finally made time to read Jonathan Mahler’s profile of James Patterson (“James Patterson Inc.” New York Times) — since it was published, two weeks ago, Patterson has already written three more books and signed a contract to publish 38 more. I kid, I kid. But, certainly, this profile of the prolific Patterson’s powerful publishing […]


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, December 11th, 2009
Weeklings: Kirkus Will Review No More
Posted by: Keir Graff

And then there were three. Prepublication book-review journals, that is. After 82 or so years of opinionated, often caustic, looks at books, Kirkus Reviews is shutting up shop. (“Editor & Publisher and Kirkus Reviews Close,” by Richard Perez-Pena, New York Times–keep reading, the Kirkus bit is at the bottom.) I didn’t always like what they […]


Fri, December 4th, 2009
Weeklings: E-Readers, Outmoded Technology, and Bad Sex
Posted by: Keir Graff

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, this is a week-and-a-half’s worth of weeklings. On Monday, I weighed in on e-readers: And, yes, my preference is paper. Why? Because I spend one-third of my waking life staring at screens. I have screen fatigue. I have gadget fatigue, too, and key, button, mouse, and scroll-wheel fatigue. When I […]


Fri, November 20th, 2009
Weeklings: Blyton, Palin, F-Bombs, and Bad Sex
Posted by: Keir Graff

In regard to last week’s query, yes, I did forget something. I forgot flarf. So Enid Blyton, author of those fabulous Famous Five books I so adored as a callow youth, wasn’t much of a mum (“Why Enid Blyton’s greatest creation was herself,” by Garry Jenkins (Telegraph): The drama reveals how Enid exploited even her own […]





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