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Bacon, Sci-Fi, and Feuds

May 4, 2012 | by

  • The literary feud hall of fame!
  • Ploughshares launches the fascinating First Drafts, in which writers discuss their revision process.
  • Novelist Jane Rogers wins the UK’s science-fiction prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, for The Testament of Jessie Lamb.
  • The future of the e-reader?
  • Neil Gaiman’s reading and listening list.
  • New York’s children’s bookstore Books of Wonder plays host to a bacon bakery.


    1. Joe Carlson | May 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Though not technically about a critical book review, the Hellman/McCarthy author/critic “feud” was a doozy with a political subtext going back 40 years and a legal battle that went on and on. Beginning with McCarthy’s “every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’ ” and ending only in death, the dispute was largely based on the very different company each lady kept. If only Bill Clinton had chimed in at the time that “it depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is,” the ladies might have worked things out.

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