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bob-mustin's picture
Dec.10.2013
  This is the summing up season, and almost everyone, including yours truly, is thinking "best-of" for the year. I find the list of books linked below by The Atlantic intriguing and, according to my taste, accurate, although there are always arguments to be made for books not...
eva-lesko-natiello's picture
Jan.25.2013
  It is that very particular exhilarating feeling, when you find a book so scrumptious and exotic you open it with a whisper and close it with a sigh. You've found this book through no one's urging or description or advertising. You wandered alone, woozy in towering aisles with books stacked...
michael-lipsey's picture
Dec.21.2012
Now that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down the blather of the pundits explaining how we got into this pointless mess is ramping up. The best answer, as in many questions, is to be found in the classics, and in this case in Homer. After the Twin Towers fell we were a wounded giant,...
kathleen-heady's picture
Nov.24.2012
I read an interesting article in the New York Times yesterday entitled "What Should Children Read?" I am providing the link so you can read it for yourself. Whatever the "experts" who have written these national standards might think, reading fiction has a value far more than just time-filling...
warren-adler's picture
Aug.14.2012
  Like every author on the planet, I’ve spent endless hours mulling over creating titles for my work. One strives, of course, to be both memorable and honestly descriptive of the content. There are also marketing aspects to be considered. The marquee value cannot be neglected since the book...
warren-adler's picture
Apr.02.2012
I have been baffled for years over what constitutes the definition of a “literary” novel. Over the course of my career, I have heard numerous definitions, but none quite resonate for me as the one gold standard, definitive answer. In search of this definition, I am tempted to discount all of the...
dale-estey's picture
Jun.30.2011
The ClassicsBy Penguin Group USA    Description For sixty-five years Penguin Classics has been the leading publisher of literature in the English-speaking world, providing readers with a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Now, in an effort...
warren-adler's picture
Jun.22.2011
With all the traditional filtering systems of the past that help determine the quality of a book diminishing at an accelerating pace, I have been thinking a lot about how a serious writer of non-genre fiction, meaning novels and short stories, will gain a loyal audience. By serious novels, I...
anthony-maulucci's picture
Dec.07.2010
REDROOM: Mr. Dickens, how do you feel about having two of your books, A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations, chosen by Oprah for her book club? CHARLES DICKENS: Who’s Oprah? RR: An African American woman with a nationally broadcast television show. CD: Ah, I see. And this means . . . ? RR:...
jennifer-swan's picture
Sep.15.2010
  It has been advised repeatedly, that to be a better writer, we must dedicate ourselves to on-going reading.  I’ll admit, most of the books I’ve read in the past few years have been related to “how to be a better writer”.   It’s ironic, really.  Does this mean I’ll be doubly good at my craft...