Articles by Janet Potter

October 29, 2014

Getting to Know the Presidents, Part 2: From the Compromisers to the Beards 0

Rud Hayes is one of my favorite presidents, and not just because I can get lost for days in his eyes.

June 16, 2014

You’re a Wizard, Julia: Getting to Know 20-Time Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins 0

As Alex Trebek said during the introduction to her 21st game, “We have a wonderfully delightful, friendly champion in Julia Collins. Until she gets into a game, then she becomes relentless.”

May 29, 2014

If No One Sees It, Is it Still Art? On Finding Vivian Maier 9

The documentary Finding Vivian Maier recently joined the burgeoning conversation about its titular subject, a reclusive Chicago nanny whose collection of street photography was discovered at a storage auction shortly before her death in the form of thousands of undeveloped rolls of film.

May 28, 2014

Into the Sublime: On Geoff Dyer’s Another Great Day at Sea 0

A unique and compelling stylist, and a charming reporter, Dyer seems to have an absolute bang-up time on this assignment, and it’s a pleasure to go along with him.

April 16, 2014

A History of Love (of Bookstores) 6

I have a long string of past loves, but they’re all bookstores.

March 17, 2014

We Cast The Goldfinch Movie so Hollywood Doesn’t Have To 49

We hereby submit our ideas for the Goldfinch cast. The process reveals the bizarre extent to which I think I understand the Hollywood casting processes, which starlets we think play trashy the best, and how it might be worth it to turn the cast on its head to let Michael B. Jordan play Theo.

February 28, 2014

The Poet and the Movie Star: An Evening with Frank Bidart and James Franco 6

Bidart wanted to have dinner with Franco so that he could explain his intentions in writing “Herbert White” (which is written in the first-person character of a necrophiliac murderer), plus, he said, “Of course I wanted to have dinner with James Franco! He was brilliant in Pineapple Express!”

February 18, 2014

28 Books You Should Read If You Want To 40

I discovered one of my favorite books because the author called our store and charmed the living daylights out of me. I found another in a box of old books that my Russian literature professor left outside his office to give away.

January 21, 2014

Read Me! Please!: Book Titles Rewritten to Get More Clicks 66

As Upworthy-style headlines sweep the internet, aiming to snag as many clicks as possible by pandering to as many whims and obsessions as possible, the dignified mystery of the great book title stands in stark contrast.

December 10, 2013

A Year in Reading: Janet Potter 2

The Second Annual Janet Potter Awards for Literary Achievement…including “Cutest Couple,” “Best Temper Tantrum,” and “Biggest Failure.”