Articles by Editor

January 9, 2008

Wednesday Links 1

We’ve heard about the weak dollar making things tough on Canadian readers, but the pain is being felt by Canadian publishers as well, as profit margins diminish. The latest casualty is publisher Raincoast Books. Philip Agee died today. His Inside the Company in 1973 may have created a modern day genre, one that would be […]

November 19, 2007

Staff Picks: Harvey, Jergovic, Endo, Helprin, Walton, Greene 0

The “staff picks” shelf in any good independent bookstore is a treasure trove of book recommendations. Unmoored from media hype and even timeliness, books are championed by trusted fellow readers. With many bookselling alums in our ranks, we thought it a good idea to offer our own “Staff Picks” in a feature appearing irregularly. We […]

October 29, 2007

Monday Links 1

The New Yorker lovefest continues: Emdashes is compiling a list of the New Yorker articles that have appeared in Houghton Mifflin’s annual Best American Essays series. It’s a perfect guide for dipping into your Complete New Yorker set. Update: Emdashes has also done a “short stories” version of the list. My cousin Mitch produces a […]

October 28, 2007

Staff Picks: Mano, HST, Castle, Dundy, Powers, Lasdun 1

The “staff picks” shelf in any good independent bookstore is a treasure trove of book recommendations. Unmoored from media hype and even timeliness, books are championed by trusted fellow readers. With many bookselling alums in our ranks, we thought it a good idea to offer our own “Staff Picks” in a feature that will be […]

October 17, 2007

Wednesday Links 0

As has been much noted elsewhere, the Wall Street Journal landed reclusive Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson to review a recent bio of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. New York explains how the review was arranged. Meanwhile, the New Yorker has John Updike reviewing the book. BLDGBLOG articulates why I love LA so much (and […]

September 18, 2007

Tuesday Links: Power, ReCaptcha, Junot Diaz 1

Experience “THE POWER OF BOOKS“ You know those annoying puzzles where you type in the letters so the computer knows you’re not a computer creating a fake account or sending spam? A group from Carnegie Mellon is using these “Captchas” to help digitize books. ReCaptcha is a special type of Captcha that displays words that […]

September 12, 2007

Wednesday Links: Honorary Awards; Scottish Flood; Book Sale 0

Joan Didion and NPR uber-interviewer Terry Gross will be honored at the National Book Awards ceremony in November. Dideon won a National Book Award in 2005 for her memoir The Year of Magical Thinking. The National Library of Scotland flooded yesterday thanks to a faulty sprinkler system. It was a close call: “Some modern books […]

September 9, 2007

In Pictures 1

A collection of striking photos of numerous well-known contemporary writers, in two galleries. Somehow these pictures exude the literary. Blogger lonelysandwich makes the only half toungue-in-cheek observation that the original cover of tennis fan David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest shares a color scheme with those Andre Agassi Nikes that were all the rage in the […]

September 4, 2007

Tuesday Links: Saunders Blogs; Quarterly Conversation; New Yorker Festival 1

George Saunders is taking up residence at the Powell’s Blog this week as he embarks on a book tour promoting his latest (released today), The Braindead Megaphone. To my knowledge, it is Saunders’ first foray into blogging, a format we discussed nearly two years ago (scroll down). His concern: “I worry about how much I […]

July 19, 2007

Thursday Links 0

The Rake is at it again, taking The Believer down a peg. Adventures in niche publishing: A new Paris Review? Simon at Bloggasm considers Harriet Klausner, the widely reviled #1 reviewer at Amazon. And, finally, some spot-on humor at the New Yorker this week.