Music to Write By, and Other News


On the Shelf

  • The six-hour duration may be aspirational, but you have to love this writing sound track.
  • Ann Lamott tweets that she will stake her reputation on the varied titles mention in her New York Times “By the Book” column.
  • And speaking of mutual admiration: authors choose their favorite books of 2012.
  • “The first hard-boiled female protagonists were written by men.” A brief history of tough dames.
  • “Those poor scribes … had their work cut out for them.” John Banville on the Book of Kells.
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