Articles by Nick Moran

August 13, 2011

Bert and Ernie’s Wedding Plans 0

Sesame Workshop has released an official statement to address calls for Bert and Ernie to marry each other.

August 12, 2011

Michael Lewis on Germany 0

In our Second Half of 2011 Book Preview, we picked Michael Lewis‘ Boomerang: Travels in the New Thirld World. To tide you over until it’s released, check out his take on Germany’s economy.

August 12, 2011

Least Favorite “Great Books” 1

Elif Batuman, Francine Prose, and Lorin Stein are among the critics, authors, and editors who reveal their least favorite “great books.”

August 12, 2011

Distraction-Free Writing Platforms 3

A new distraction-free writing platform has emerged. Can QuietWrite unseat WriteRoom as the best tool for internet-enabled authors?

August 11, 2011

Jay Gatsby, Iconic American 0

BBC‘s Tom Geoghegan asks whether or not The Great Gatsby is “the perfect tale for modern America.”

August 11, 2011

Levine Named Poet Laureate 0

Philip Levine has succeeded W. S. Merwin as America’s latest poet laureate. Now is as good a time as any to revisit his interview with The Paris Review. You could also watch one of his readings if that’s more up your alley.

August 11, 2011

Kindle-less Kindle 1

Amazon has quietly released a web-based Kindle reader.

August 10, 2011

The “Chicken Breast” of Spirits 0

How has a spirit legally defined as being “without distinctive character, aroma, taste, or color” flourished in today’s economic climate? Victorino Matus‘ Weekly Standard article explores the history and ubiquity of vodka. Perhaps this article is best paired with something from NPR‘s list of “Great American Writers and Their Cocktails.”

August 10, 2011

Appropriate Today More Than Ever 0

For the tenth anniversary of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Barbara Ehrenreich has penned a new foreword and introduction which you can read here.

August 10, 2011

Bachmann’s Books 0

Michele Bachmann will participate in a live chat with Newsweek today, and will perhaps speak about the issue’s controversial cover. To prepare, NPR looks into which books and beliefs have shaped the presidential candidate’s views.