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Conversing with Brodsky, and Other News

November 14, 2013 | by


  • 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


    Mad Money, and Other News

    November 8, 2013 | by


  • “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.


    Defiance, and Other News

    August 1, 2013 | by


  • “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.)


    Inside Amazon, and Other News

    December 3, 2012 | by

  • 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.
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    Sylvia Plath, Robot Librarians, and Lickable Wallpaper

    April 18, 2012 | by

  • 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.

    The Aristocrats

    February 22, 2012 | by

    Let it be known that Lady Fiona Herbert, the eighth Countess of Carnarvon, occasionally answers her own phone. When I call the Countess’s office to discuss her new book, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, I am unusually anxious; it’s not every day I speak to a member of the British aristocracy. “Hello?” answers a startled-sounding voice. I nervously ask if Lady Carnarvon is available. “This is Lady Carnarvon,” the voice replies, erupting into hearty laughter—which, happily, is not directed at me. The Countess had been reaching for the phone just as it rang and was caught off guard. “I’m completely useless as a receptionist,” she says.

    For a woman who lives at Highclere Castle, one of Britain’s most impressive “family piles,” as well as the primary setting of the spectacularly popular PBS costume drama Downton Abbey, Lady Carnarvon is surprisingly warm and unpretentious.

    She projects an image of slightly disheveled glamour: her household is not a well-oiled machine, but something more akin to a living archaeological site, where one might just discover a decades-old scrapbook while foraging through an out-of-use desk drawer. “We found a staircase recently. That was quite exciting,” she tells me.

    Downton Abbey isn’t Highclere’s first brush with fame—parts of Eyes Wide Shut were filmed there, and British tabloid curiosity Jordan celebrated her 2005 wedding at the castle, arriving via a pumpkin-shaped carriage—but the phenomenal success of the series has thrust the Carnarvon family’s ancestral home into the spotlight like never before. It’s also spawned a cottage industry of Downton Abbey tie-in books, including two competing biographies about Almina, the colorful and controversial fifth Countess of Carnarvon. Read More »