December 4, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
- The Supreme Court has spoken: Amazon will pay taxes in New York.
- The family of Norman Rockwell is going to the mattresses over a new biography by Deborah Solomon, which raises questions about the artist’s sexuality. Says Rockwell’s granddaughter, “She layers the whole biography with these innuendos … These things she’s writing about Norman Rockwell are simply not true.”
- In praise of writing while one reclines.
- Eight prominent Dominican figures have written an open letter condemning the work of Junot Díaz, who is currently visiting the Dominican Republic. They accuse the lauded writer of “a scarce capacity for reflection and a disrespectful and mediocre use of the written word,” and resent his self-identifying as Dominican.
November 14, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
Amazon has launched a juggernaut of a Kindle store in Australia.
The Joseph Brodsky reading list for facilitating intelligent conversation.
Alison Bechdel on heading to Broadway.
Writing for good health
November 8, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
“It will be fun to give some to prostitutes.” William T. Vollmann on hypothetically winning the Nobel.
BuzzFeed Books is full steam ahead.
In other behemoth news, Amazon reaches out to indie bookstores about carrying Nooks.
“Nah. Here I’m surrounded by people, but I’m also pretty anonymous. Not having to bullshit—even with a roommate who’s a friend—is a plus.” On living in the NYU library.
August 1, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
“So many other good books … don’t waste your time on this one. J. D. Salinger went into hiding because he was embarrassed.” And other one-star Amazon reviews of classics.
Anthony Weiner spokesperson Barbara Morgan’s recent rant against a campaign intern has led to several discussions of the usage of bag.
A Russian novel uses fake Swedish blurbs; publisher is defiant.
Speaking of Sweden! $255,000 worth of stolen rare books have been returned to the National Library.
J. K. Rowling is planning to donate The Cuckoo’s Calling royalties to the Soldier’s Charity. (You will recall that Robert Galbraith was in the service.)
December 3, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
These photos of Amazon’s warehouses are awe-inspiring and terrifying.
Sign a petition to bring filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s work to a wider audience.
The influence of Samuel Greenberg.
The debate over porn in U.S. libraries.
Qatari poet Muhammad ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami has been sentenced to life in prison for writing in support of the Arab Spring.
April 18, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
How to write a best seller?
“If you are like me, you must always have something to read in the bathroom. Anything will do.”
Meet identical-twin writers.
Amazon to reissue James Bond.
“Is it taboo to write about baking and Sylvia Plath?” Paper and Salt proves that whatever else, the results can be delicious.
In a Roald Dahl image come to life, meet the world’s first lickable wallpaper.
Building a library of jokes, hoaxes, and literary frauds.
Libraries jump through hoops (and hire book robots) to stay alive.
Dwight MacDonald and the art of the essay.