Articles by Janet Potter

April 16, 2014

A History of Love (of Bookstores) 4

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 25

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 34

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 60

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.”

September 30, 2013

Screwing Up and Falling in Love: Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park and Fangirl 1

Both books are about how falling in love for the first time, particularly if you’ve never seen a love story you can relate to, can be as terrifying and confusing as it is joyful.

September 20, 2013

Zen and the Art of Pie Making 0

A great pie is a product of both skill and wisdom; as, I believe, is a great life.

May 28, 2013

Video Games Are a Metaphor for Life: Austin Grossman’s You 4

I like listening to people talk about video games. Not those conversations about who scored a sick no-scope head shot, or which character’s passive ability allows them to farm the most efficiently, mind you, but about why video games can be meaningful and why they matter.

May 16, 2013

The Museum of Unhappy Women: Z by Therese Anne Fowler 2

Paradoxically, this is the reason to write and read about Zelda, because she deserved a life much more interesting than the one that she got. Interesting to her, that is, a life she could have given her energy and talents to, not just a life made interesting by famous friends and European capitals.