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Wild and Crazy Libraries, and Other News

May 7, 2013 | by


  • “It is definitely not your mother’s Donnell,” says the New York Times, ominously, of the new plans for the Fifty-Third Street branch of the New York Public Library.
  • Famously reclusive eighty-seven-year-old national treasure Harper Lee is suing literary agent Samuel Pinkus over the copyright for To Kill a Mockingbird. Says Lee’s lawyer, “Pinkus knew that Harper Lee was an elderly woman with physical infirmities that made it difficult for her to read and see … Harper Lee had no idea she had assigned her copyright.”
  • The new Goodreads archnemesis (our word), Riffle, is live.
  • Martin Amis apparently “views the Brooklyn hipster scene as populated by conventional posers.”
  • If fictional mothers wrote hypothetical parenting books—because why not?




  1. Shelley | May 7, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Shame, shame, shame on anyone who hurts Harper Lee. To Kill A Mockingbird, both the book and the film–Horton Foote is the man who changed my life–are luminous works of art.

    Sue whoever stole the copyright. Atticus would take this case.

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