Books
11 October 2007
To the mortification, doubtless, of its literary editor, for the past six months the New York Times bestseller list has...
Books
13 September 2007
When my son enrolled in junior school, among his first assignments was to learn by heart the capitals of all 50 states...
16 August 2007
The UK and US are two countries divided by a common book – or Book. In the UK, the “authorised” King James Bible has,...
North America
12 July 2007
Nothing measures more precisely the gulf between the two great English-speaking communities than the word they use for...
North America
21 May 2007
"Artists," Ezra Pound declared, "are the antennae of the race." If so, it is the novelists among them who best foretell...
Books
07 May 2007
In 1935, two young publishers, one American, one English, hit on the same brilliant idea. Why not sell next-to-new...
Books
02 April 2007
Few novels have a significant social impact half a century after publication. But one 50-year-old book informs every...
Books
26 February 2007
The departure of Judith Regan from the publishing imprint that bore her name has been a remarkably untearful event. "...
Books
22 January 2007
In 1947, MGM thought it might film Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited and invited the crusty author to Los Angeles. No...
Books
11 December 2006
It's the season of London literary parties. Next time you're at one, and conversation flags, try kick-starting it with...
Books
27 November 2006
What do the following four books have in common? 1) Arthur...
Books
13 November 2006
If Haiti could take a patent out on the zombie concept (as George Lucas has on Ewoks), that sad island's economic woes...
Books
25 September 2006
Over the past five years, a long collective howl of pain has interrupted the habitual calm of the American campus. It...
Books
28 August 2006
James Gillray's Plumb-Pudding in Danger is a cartoon lodged in many minds. It caricatures a ravenous Pitt and Napoleon...
Books
17 July 2006
Genres mushroom up so fast in the superheated (and dung-rich) soil of the book world that it's a job finding names for...

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