Feb 13, 2013 @ 12:16:00 am
Camilla Long’s scathing review of Rachel Cusk’s memoir Aftermath has won the annual “Hatchet Job of the Year” award. In little more than a thousand words, Long characterizes Cusk as “a brittle little dominatrix” and the book as a "vague literary blah, a needy, neurotic mandolin solo of reflections on child sacrifice and asides about drains." Ouch.
Given the rise in “showrooming” (the act of flipping through titles at a local bookstore before going home and buying the books on Amazon) booksellers are beginning to wonder whether charging customers simply to browse is as crazy as it sounds. In a BBC interview this week, UK HarperCollins CEO Victoria Barnsley suggested that bookstores might want to experiment with the strategy. On this side of the pond, however, the idea wasn’t met with much enthusiasm. “If it comes
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