Articles by Nick Moran

July 15, 2011

Bookstores: Aquatic and Secret 1

In Karen Russell‘s Swamplandia!, there is an enchanting place known as the abandoned Library Boat. “It held a cargo of books,” Ava Bigtree explains, “In the thirties and forties, Harrel M. Crow, a fisherman and bibliophile, had piloted the schooner around our part of the swamp delivering books to the scattered islanders. Then Harrel M. […]

July 14, 2011

Borders may liquidate 2

Borders may be on the brink of liquidation. If the deal goes through, you may be able to score some excellent deals.

July 14, 2011

Muldoon’s Commencement Address 0

Paul Muldoon raised this season’s commencement bar with his address to Bennington College’s Writing Seminar graduates. At The Russian Samovar a few months ago, before reading from Maggot, he explained the phrase “cock a snook.”

July 14, 2011

Bill Keller wants reporters to report and only report. 0

The New York Times‘ executive editor Bill Keller caused an uproar three months ago when he railed against Twitter and, specifically, how it was making us all dumb. (Or, after being challenged, was it for some other reason?) This month, he rails against his staff of reporters because they want to write books.

July 13, 2011

The Limits of Speed 0

Chuck Klosterman wonders whether or not the fastest human ever may have already been born.

July 13, 2011

Jon-Jon Goulian gets another profile 0

For The Rumpus, Sari Botton interviews Jon-Jon Goulian to supplement his recent profile in The New York Times.

July 13, 2011

The 12th Caine Prize 0

NoViolet Bulawayo has won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing for her story “Hitting Budapest” (pdf).

July 12, 2011

The Stanford Prison Experiment: 40 Years Later 0

“Forty years later,” Romesh Ratnesar writes “the Stanford Prison Experiment remains among the most notable—and notorious—research projects ever carried out at the University.”

July 12, 2011

On “Influencers” and Filters 0

The publishers Hamish Hamilton/Penguin UK have begun a “social media experiment” in which they’ll use PeerIndex to single out “influencers” to review and promote books. “Influencers” will be determined by the breadth and reach of their social media presence, and they’ll be selected based on their relevance to certain books.  This kind of marketing is […]

July 12, 2011

Google to launch e-reader 0

Google will launch the iriver Story HD this weekend. It will be the first e-reader built to be fully integrated with Google Books.