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Today\'s Chicago Tribune has a nice article about U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins.
"Eighty-three percent of American poetry is not worth reading," according to Collins, who says he couldn\'t live without the other 17 percent.
It seems that Jonathan Franzen has had a change of heart over the issue of Oprah including \"The Corrections\" on her list of picks. Do ya suppose it mighta been the money and recognition that got to him? What was that remark he made about \"artistic purity??\" \"High art literary tradition\" my @&&. Pompous, self-aggrandizing literary snobbery seems more appropriate. more from Mercury Center.
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Wow, criticize Oprah and suddenly your a celebrity.
Val writes \"
Salon\'s Laura Miller reports on the rift between \"The
Corrections\" author Jonathan Franzen and Oprah.
From the story...
\"He told the Oregonian that he had considered turning
down the show. \"She\'s picked some good books,\"
Franzen said in an interview posted on Powells.com,
\"but she\'s picked enough schmaltzy, one-dimensional
ones that I cringe, myself ...\"
Charles Davis writes \"A memoir by the so-called Fourth Man in the Cambridge
spy ring has reportedly been locked away in the British
The manuscript by Anthony Blunt, the former Surveyor of the
Queen\'s Pictures who was exposed as a Soviet spy, will not
be released until 2013, according to the Times.
It is said to document his years as a spy and has been
locked away to avoid embarrassing high-profile figures, the
surviving executor of Blunt\'s will told the newspaper.
Full Story \"
Charles Davis writes \"One of the earliest printed copies of Shakespeare\'s plays
has sold at a New York auction for £4.1m.
An anonymous private buyer bought the First Folio of the
Comedies, Histories and Tragedies, dated 1623.
It was expected to fetch £2.1m.
The £4.9m paid for the Four Folios is the highest price ever paid for a Shakespeare work.
Jay passed along A little Friday Funny courtesy of The Naked Novelist.They asked which authors would people would most like to see in the nude, and which would they would least like to see in the nude.
Jeffrey Archer was the author they would least like to see naked, strangely Frank McCourt, the author of Angela\'s Ashes had 821 votes to get naked.
Julie Burchill, author of Naked Ambition, came in First Place, In second place was JK Rowling (Two people suggested that they would like to see her wearing nothing but a wizard\'s hat). David Baddiel, the comedian and author of Time for Bed, was the most voted for man.
jen writes \"For amounts ranging from $250 to $50,000, book lovers can become art patrons -- patrons of the art of literature. They can adopt a particular book by a particular favorite writer and guarantee that it will always stay in print. Or, like a literary Santa Claus, they can donate an entire set of great works at cut-rate prices to a school or library.
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