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The Epidemic of Niceness in Online Book Culture

Interesting article from Slate Book Review on the fine line between literary criticism and literary boosterism as experienced on social media.

Samuel Johnson Quote

Quote that librarians may find interesting:

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves,
or we know where we can find information upon it.
--Samuel Johnson

Extended quote, history, and context here.

Shipments of IMAGINE Halted

Jonah Lehrer, the author of the best selling book on creativity, Imagine, has admitted that he made up some of the quotes he attributed to Bob Dylan in the book. Publisher Houghton Mifflin has announced that it is canceling further shipments and has asked accounts to stop selling it.

Full article at EarlyWord

Article in NYT: Jonah Lehrer Resigns From The New Yorker After Making Up Dylan Quotes for His Book

Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

Article in the NYT: Prolific, Elegant, Acerbic Writer

Excerpt: Gore Vidal, the elegant, acerbic all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization, died on Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, where he moved in 2003, after years of living in Ravello, Italy. He was 86.

I am a Pole and Ulysses, Side by Side

from NPR:

Talk show host Stephen Colbert's foray into children's books has landed him alongside some exalted literary company.

A playful new exhibit at Philadelphia's Rosenbach Museum & Library pairs priceless material by James Joyce and Maurice Sendak with, um, perhaps less valuable items used by Colbert to write "I Am A Pole (And So Can You!)."

Colbert's pens, beer bottles and lunch remnants are certainly not the usual fare for the Rosenbach, the Philadelphia institution that houses the only complete manuscript of Joyce's "Ulysses."

But museum officials say the display reinforces their mission to engage and inspire visitors with collections that include papers from Lewis Carroll, Bram Stoker and Miguel de Cervantes.

"If I can do that by having Stephen Colbert make a joke about 'Ulysses,' why not?" said Rosenbach director Derick Dreher.

Authors face royalty threat from volunteer libraries

In the UK libraries pay into a fund to pay authors for borrowed books. This is called a Public Lending Right. Volunteer libraries that are springing up to fill the place of government run libraries do not have to pay the PLR fee. Authors are not happy.

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Donald J. Sobol passes away

Donald J. Sobol, creator and author of the Encyclopedia Brown book series, passed away at the age of 79 today. I grew up reading those books and they taught me two things:

  1. Girls can be just as smart and clever as a "boy genius" - Hiya, Sally.
  2. How to read upside down - I still use this working with patrons.

RIP, Mr. Sobol. I left my Encyclopedia Brown mysteries behind, but I still keep and treasure the Encyclopedia Brown books of "Weird and Wonderful Facts."

Obituary: Los Angeles Times

Obituary: Wall Street Journal

Dawn Powell’s Diaries for Sale on the Internet

If it weren’t for Tim Page, the diaries of Dawn Powell wouldn’t be worth much. Mr. Page, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former music critic at The Washington Post (and before that a frequent contributor to The New York Times), has pretty much single-handedly engineered a revival of interest in Powell, a New York novelist greatly admired by critics like Gore Vidal and Edmund Wilson, but whose career, even during her lifetime, was always in need of a jump start. When she died in 1965, most of her 15 novels were out of print. She was buried in a potter’s field.

Starting in 1991, Mr. Page, who had discovered Powell by accident while reading a review in a collection of Wilson’s criticism, set about rekindling interest in her writing.

Full article

Ray Bradbury - You simply gotta do it.

Nora Ephron Passes

Roger L. Simon, writing at PJ Media, speaks about his memories of Nora Ephron. Reuters reports that Ephron died of leukemia aged 71.

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