Apr 24, 2012 @ 4:00:00 am
Last week, The New Yorker’s Ben Greenman, author of the novel Please Step Back, invited his Twitter followers to name the word they would most prefer to see permanently stricken from the English language. After weeding out the political picks (“Obama” and “war” were on many lists), Greenman found that there was an undisputed winner. “In the end, there was a runaway un-favorite: ‘moist.’ People, particularly women, evidently prefer aridity.” Still, "slacks" was the winner.
Hundreds of booksellers across the country gave away half a million copies of thirty pre-selected titles last night in honor of Free Book Night. Titles included Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Patti Smith’s Just Kids, and Dave Eggers’s Zeitoun.
The future of Barnes & Noble may be in the hands of an “activist” hedge fund.
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