When you look at this picture, what do you see? People reading, yes. Are they reading together or alone? I get a sense of alone-together from this group. Each is absorbed in his reading but it’s a companionable solitude, or so it looks to me. In a sense, though, every reader is always a solitary… Continue reading »
Today’s Washington Post has a fascinating little story, tucked into the Style section, about some bookstores refusing to shelve books produced by Amazon. The boycotters include Washington’s own indie stalwart, Politics & Prose. If I go to P&P, I won’t find a copy of what sounds like a charming new novel, Care of Wooden Floors… Continue reading »
One of the latest books to find its way into my house is Stephen Sondheim’s Finishing the Hat, a collection of his lyrics fortified with anecdotes and commentary and thoughts about writing. For Sondheim, that means writing songs, of course, but right off the bat he lays out some guidelines that almost any kind of… Continue reading »
It’s 2012. I’m glad to be here. I hope you are too. Be inspired, be engaged by whatever you do, and be kind to yourself and others. Happy New Year. If you’re in search of a New Year’s mantra, you could do worse than the sentiment the New York Tribune came up with for the… Continue reading »
A quick recap of what I’ve been doing since August instead of blogging: I vacationed (or staycationed). I started Virginia Woolf’s “To the Lighthouse,” which somebody should have made me read sooner. I wrote about some neat work being done by two biologists and a physicist who are using algorithms and massive amounts of citation… Continue reading »
Yesterday, in one of the fits of linguistic pique I’m prone to, I suggested via Twitter that “the use of the word ‘curated’ has really gotten out of hand.” This outburst was prompted by a mention of a table of books at the Strand that a well-known novelist had “curated.” Nothing against the Strand or… Continue reading »
No, not that kind of March madness. (Sorry, sports fans.) Deadlines–and trips to Seattle, Williamsburg, and Charlottesville–have kept me away from blogging the last two weeks, but I have a good run of publishing and schol-comm stories to show for my absence. The headlines are pretty self-explanatory if not entirely satisfying from the reporter’s point… Continue reading »
D.C.’s much-loved local indie book-and-music chain has closed. Forlorn customers are leaving testimonials here. The WaPo’s Bob Thompson wrote a nice obit yesterday. For heaven’s sake, people, if you have a local bookstore you’re fond of, get over there and buy a book today.
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Here’s a question that I want to get out of the way early on: Do I still think that it’s a little too cozy in the blogosphere? Hmm. I still read some of the same blogs I was trawling back in 2003, and I still find many of them annoying in one way or another…. Continue reading »