May 24, 2011 @ 4:00:00 am
An article in Prospect argues that more bad reviews would result in better books.
The good news: the New Yorker is putting out a special issue this week, featuring a decade’s worth of highlights from its “Talk of the Town” column. The bad news: Subscribers won’t receive this issue in the mail. Also: Every single ad in the issue is for shows broadcast on the USA network.
The Rumpus online book club recently invited author Deborah Baker to discuss her new book, The Convert, a biography of Maryam Jameelah. Jameelah left America in the late 60s and moved to Pakistan, where she wrote bold books about the emptiness of Western life.
Herman Melville was apparently a bit self-conscious of his height when he filled out his passport application in 1856.
Kobo has announced a new paperback-sized touch e-reader.
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