Illustration by Albert Robida, for “The End of the Books,” by Octave Uzanne, published in Scribner’s Magazine, vol. 16, no 2, August 1894. Public domain.
Increasingly, people of the book are also people of the cloud. At the Codex Hackathon, a convention whose participants spend a frenetic weekend designing electronic reading tools, I watch developers line up onstage to pitch book-related…
Not long ago, a friend who has been reading literary novels for years recommended one to me – Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami – and gave me the Kindle version. Murakami is award-winning and well-reviewed, so I launched into the book with considerable hope.
I immediately met a protagonist who didn’t care much about his own life and whose memories were dominated by a love affair with a woman who…
Chris Rock Is Writing a Book on Race and Relationships
Chris Rock, the Emmy-winning comedian and two-time Oscars host, has been talking about race and relationships since he began doing standup in the 1980s.
President Donald Trump is attempting to limit which members of his inner circle can testify Tuesday in the House impeachment probe, according to letters ABC News obtained Monday.
In written notices to the House Judiciary Committee, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said that former Trump aides Rob Porter and Rick Dearborn cannot be called to testify in the House probe, which is investigating…
But Does It Tell You When a Melon Is Ripe?
“The Melon” is Amy Goldman’s fifth book, and as with her other titles, it’s a visual stunner and a revelation. It represents nine years of cultivating, studying, tasting and having Victor Schrager on hand to photograph 125 kinds of melons at her farm in Rhinebeck in the Hudson Valley. Who knew there was a Khandalak from Central Asia striped red, green and cream; a heavily seeded Pocket Melon so…
The Gift of Lewis Hyde’s ‘The Gift’
Lewis Hyde photo: Ruben Cox.
Gifts pass from hand to hand: they endure through such transmission, as every time a gift is given it is enlivened and regenerated through the new spiritual life it engenders both in the giver and in the receiver.
And so it is with Lewis Hyde’s classic study of gift giving and its relationship to art. The Gifthas never been out of print; it moves like an underground…
Tulsi Gabbard Says Trump Is Turning The U.S. Into ‘Saudi Arabia’s Bitch’ #TrumperyResistance #ImpeachTrump
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) slammed President Donald Trump for turning the nation into “Saudi Arabia’s bitch” after he assured the kingdom that the U.S. is “locked and loaded” as it waits to hear who may be behind an attack on its oil supply.
“Trump awaits instructions from his Saudi masters,” the Democratic presidential candidate tweeted Sunday. “Having our country act as Saudi Arabia’s…
Trump Says Brett Kavanaugh Is The One ‘Being Assaulted’ Amid New Accusations #TrumperyResistance #ImpeachTrump
President Donald Trump argued that Brett Kavanaugh is really the one “being assaulted” in the wake of new sexual misconduct allegations against the recently appointed Supreme Court justice.
“The one who is actually being assaulted is Justice Kavanaugh,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “Assaulted by lies and Fake News!”
Two New York Times reporters published an op-edon Saturday detailing new…
NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has released a sweeping anti-government corruption proposal, providing a detailed policy roadmap for a fight she says is at the core of her presidential campaign.
The Democratic senator from Massachusetts is announcing the plan Monday in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park, near the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Co., which caught fire in 1911, killing 140-plus…
The Far Side Teases Its Return
A new era of the The Far Side, the newspaper strip by Gary Larson, is coming.
Nike’s Controversial Colin Kaepernick Ad Wins Emmy For Best Commercial #TrumperyResistance #ImpeachTrump
The controversial Nike commercial featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick won a Creative Arts Emmy for best commercial on Sunday.
The ad, which infuriated President Donald Trump, pays homage to those who “dream crazy,” in an extension of the brand’s admonition to “just do it.” It also features tennis ace Serena Williams, hoop star LeBron James and many other athletes who have…
Fate Versus Free-Will: Using Theme to Leverage Revision
“Everything seems simple until you think about it.”—Audrey Niffenegger, from The Time Traveler’s Wife
I recently finished reading The Time Traveler’s Wife for the first time. I know, I know—it’s about time, right? It only came out sixteen years ago! If only I could go back and read it sooner (heh). The nudge to finally act came from a thread in a writers’ forum, asking which books writers have…
A Bluesy, Sweetly Aching New Novel From Jacqueline Woodson
RED AT THE BONEBy Jacqueline Woodson Is there a more fraught, vilified figure in American letters — in worldwide letters, perhaps — than the mother who abandons a child?
Trump: U.S. ‘Locked And Loaded’ For Response To Attack On Saudi Oil Sites #TrumperyResistance #ImpeachTrump
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A weekend drone attack on Saudi Arabia that cut into global energy supplies and halved the kingdom’s oil production threatened Sunday to fuel a regional crisis, as the U.S. released new evidence to back up its allegation that Iran was responsible for the assault amid heightened tensions over Tehran’s collapsing nuclear deal.
President Donald Trumpsaid the…
Calls for Kavanaugh’s Impeachment Come Amid New Misconduct Allegations
Several Democratic presidential candidates called for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh on Sunday after The New York Times published new information about allegations of sexual misconduct against him, while Republican leaders condemned the reporting as irresponsible and defended him.
President Trump on Twitter accused news outlets of trying to pressure the justice into…
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the tensions in the Persian Gulf a day after Iran-backed Yemeni rebels attacked major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local):
President Donald Trump says he has approved the release of U.S. strategic petroleum reserves “if needed” to stabilize energy markets after a Saturday attack on Saudi Arabian energy facilities.
Trump tweets that the…
Trump’s Immigration Chief: Bahamas ‘Capable Of Taking Care Of Their Own’ #TrumperyResistance #ImpeachTrump
As Bahamians seek to escape the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli is defending the Trump administration’s refusal to grant them temporary protected status, arguing that the archipelago’s residents can fend for themselves.
“The Bahamas is a perfectly legitimate country capable of taking care of their own,” he told CBS’…
The Trump administration explained in a court filing Friday that it was scrapping plans to build an additional 20 miles of border wall in Arizona and California because it doesn’t have the funds, Bloomberg reported.
It was a startling note given that the administration now has access to $3.6 billion in Pentagon money, thanks to the Supreme Court, to build the southern border wall since…
A Big New Biography of Susan Sontag Digs to Find the Person Beneath the Icon
UTRECHT, Netherlands — When asked what she was best known for, Susan Sontag, the formidable 20th-century public intellectual, essayist, novelist and political activist, often told people, with just a hint of irony: the white streak in her dark hair.
President Donald Trump on Saturday offered U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s self-defense in a phone call hours after drone strikes left swaths of Saudi oil fields aflame and disrupted global energy production.
Two sites, including the world’s largest oil processing facility and a massive Saudi oil field, were hit by explosives, leaving a smoke trail reportedly visible from space.
Donald Trump Randomly Tweets ‘Stable Genius’ Boast And People Are Puzzled #TrumperyResistance #ImpeachTrump
Donald Trump’s first tweet of the weekend left people puzzled on Twitter.
Many tweeters were left scratching their heads on Saturday morning after the president posted a phrase he’s previously used to praise himself with:
“A Very Stable Genius!” Thank you.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2019
Trump put quote marks around the comment.
It’s currently unclear exactly…
Jim Carrey Takes Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi To ‘The Twilight Zone’ In Impeachment Art #TrumperyResistance #ImpeachTrump
The actor ― in an apparent nod to the memorable “Nightmare At 20,000 Feet” episode of the supernatural anthology series “The Twilight Zone” ― depicted Pelosi covering her ears inside an airplane as Trump sits outside on its wing.
“You may wanna grit your teeth and cross your fingers while this gremlin rips the engines apart,” wrote Carrey. “But the rest of us want to live.”
Photo Credit: Dreamland – Alice Popkorn
We writers aren’t so unique, you know. It’s not the Writer who is especially unique—though we often in our self-indulgent brilliance think it is so—it is our personalities and tics and weirdnesses that are unique. Some of us are just a wee bit more cray or intense or discombobulated than others and if we happen to be writers, well then now—stir it all…
Gyorgy Konrad, Writer and Dissident in Communist Hungary, Dies at 86
BUDAPEST — Gyorgy Konrad, a writer and sociologist who was an iconic figure of Hungary’s dissident movement under Communist rule, died on Friday at his home in Budapest.
Anne Rivers Siddons, Novelist Whose Muse Was the New South, Dies at 83
Anne Rivers Siddons, whose popular novels, set largely in the South, took female characters on emotional journeys that touched on the region’s racial and social attitudes, died on Wednesday at her home in Charleston, S.C. She was 83.
Her stepson David Siddons said the cause was lung cancer.
Ms. Siddons had been an advertising copywriter and a magazine writer when she started writing novels in…
In 2013, 21 years after Theodor Seuss Geisel — a.k.a. Dr. Seuss — died, his widow was cleaning out a closet when she stumbled upon a box of her husband’s work that she had never seen before. Audrey Geisel immediately called Cathy Goldsmith, who had been the art director and designer for some of Dr. Seuss’ books at Random House. “I’ve found something that might be worth looking at,” Geisel told…
The Jets, the Bills, and the Art of Losing
Our favorite poet/sports correspondent is back, this time with some very strong feelings about football.
Photo: Rowan Ricardo Phillips
“We’re from Buffalo. Obviously. That’s why we’re driving through this tunnel with you.”
It was Sunday, around noon. I was in a car with three men more or less my age. When driving through a tunnel there’s always a moment when I start thinking about the crushing…
Trump’s Acting National Security Adviser Said Nuclear War With USSR Was Winnable #TrumperyResistance #ImpeachTrump
President Donald Trump’s acting national security adviser, former Reagan administration official Charles Kupperman, made an extraordinary and controversial claim in the early 1980s: nuclear conflict with the USSR was winnable and that “nuclear war is a destructive thing but still in large part a physics problem.”
Kupperman’s suggestion that the U.S. could triumph in a nuclear war went against…
Ted Cruz: ‘I Hope To Run’ For President Again #TrumperyResistance #ImpeachTrump
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), one of the last candidates to drop out of the pool of Republican presidential hopefuls in 2016 and the runner-up to Donald Trump, still has his eye on the White House.
In a Thursday breakfast discussion with The Christian Science Monitor, the senator revealed he may one day throw his hat back in the ring.
“Look, I hope to run again,” he said. “We came very, very…
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During President Donald Trump’s speech at the annual GOP retreat, he rambled on about democrats, health care and different…
Analysis: Joe Biden Looks Like A Front-Runner, Until He Doesn’t #TrumperyResistance #ImpeachTrump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is the Democratic front-runner. And there were moments in Thursday night’s debate when he looked the part.
Standing between a pair of liberal senators offering radical change, he unabashedly embraced his more moderate position on health care, forcefully pressuring Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warrento level with Americans about the steep cost of implementing a fully…
Donald Trump Ditches Sound Energy Policy For His Own Vanity: ‘I Always Look Orange’ #TrumperyResistance #ImpeachTrump
Speaking at an event in Baltimore, Trump said the “number one” reason for his rollback of the rules (that were scheduled to come into force on Jan. 1, 2020) was because “the light’s no good” under more efficient bulbs.
“I always look orange,” he complained. “And so do you, the light is the worst.”
President Trump: “The light bulb. People said what’s with the light bulb. I said here’s the…
Turning a Terrible Truth into Compelling Fiction
This post is about series of vicious murders, a class I conducted on how to fictionalize such horrific events, and a student who taught me something important in the process.
This all took place late last month at the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conferencein Corte Madera, California. For the past several years, I and fellow faculty member George Fong—former FBI Special Agent, now security head…
A German Finally Picks Up ‘Mein Kampf’
ImageCredit Nora Krug is the author of “Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home,” which won this year’s National Book Critic Circle Award in autobiography.
U.S. Defense Agency Delays New Contract With Airport Near Trump’s Scottish Resort: Report #TrumperyResistance #ImpeachTrump
A Defense Department agency is delaying a new long-term contract with the airport near Donald Trump’s Turnberry golf resort in Scotland amid investigations into military personnel lodging at the luxury club, The Scotsman reports.
A new multimillion-dollar refueling contract between Glasgow Prestwick Airport and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency was supposed to go into effect in October and ext…
Reports this week that President Donald Trump had sent administration officials to Los Angeles to seek answers to the state’s homelessness crisis raised some concerns among state and city officials.
But advocates for homeless people are cautiously optimistic about the effect federal intervention could have on curbing a worsening crisis.
“I’ve been praying for federal intervention and…
Trump’s Air Force Nominee Won’t Commit To A Ban On Stays At Trump Hotels #TrumperyResistance #ImpeachTrump
President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Air Force told senators at her confirmation hearing Thursday she wouldn’t specifically ban members of the military branch from spending taxpayer funds at the president’s properties.
During a tense exchangewith Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara Barrett refused to tell the Senate Armed Services Committee whether she thinks it is…
HOUSTON (AP) — Progressive Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders will share the debate stage for the first time with establishment favorite Joe Biden Thursday night in a prime-time showdown displaying sharply opposing notions of electability in the party’s presidential nomination fight.
Biden’s remarkably steady lead in the crowded contest is built upon the idea that the former vice…
Re-Covered: Margaret Drabble’s 1977 Brexit Novel
Margaret Drabble is so well known that seeing her included in this column might confuse some readers. Writing in the New York Times only two years ago, when Drabble’s most recent novel, The Dark Flood Rises, was published, Cynthia Ozick described the then seventy-eight-year-old as “one of Britain’s most dazzling writers,” and the work in question—Drabble’s nineteenth novel—as “humane and…
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Trump Called Him ‘My African American,’ But Now He’s Ditching GOP To Run For Congress #TrumperyResistance #ImpeachTrump
Three years ago, in an attempt to prove he wasn’t racist, Donald Trump infamously pointed to a man in the audience of his presidential campaign rally and declared him “my African American.”
Now, more than 2 ½ years into Trump’s presidency, that man, Gregory Cheadle is abandoning the Republican Party to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020.
Cheadle, 62, announced his…
Chief Justice John Roberts switched his vote behind the scenes to block a citizenship question from appearing on the 2020 census, CNN reported Thursday.
Roberts wrote the opinion and cast the deciding votein the June decision that effectively blocked the Trump administration from asking the question. Civil rights and other advocacy groups lauded the ruling, noting that adding the question…
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration plans to revoke an Obama-era regulation that provided federal protection to many U.S. wetlands and streams, according to two Environmental Protection Agency officials with knowledge of the plan.
The rule defined which waterways are subject to federal regulation. The administration plans to replace it with its own version, according to the…
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President Donald Trump once again said he assisted with recovery efforts following the Sept. 11 attacks, but…
WASHINGTON ― The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced a resolution that some Democrats say amounts to opening an impeachment inquiry while others say it means nothing.
On a 24-17 party-line vote, the committee approved the resolution, which has a stated purpose of determining “whether to recommend articles of impeachment.”
That may soundlike the beginning of an impeachment inquiry,…
Trump Revives Dodgy Claim He And His ‘Men’ Helped At Ground Zero On 9/11 #TrumperyResistance #ImpeachTrump
President Donald Trump didn’t miss a chance on Wednesday’s anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks to reassert his questionable claim that he and his employees helped at Ground Zero after 9/11.
During a speechat the Pentagon on the 18th anniversary of the attacks, Trump again contended that he and a team of men went to the scene soon after witnessing the second plane crash into a World Trade…
“Showing” through Exposition: A Study
photo adapted / Horia Varlan
When writing teachers say “show, don’t tell,” they typically suggest doing so through dialogue, action, and sense imagery. Exposition, on the other hand—the writing that contextualizes the more active aspects of scene, and is often thought of as mere connective tissue—is often pointed to as “telling.” After all, its etymology is from the Latin exponere, which means…
Why Imani Perry Doesn’t Like Jane Austen’s Novels
The scholar and author, whose new book is “Breathe: A Letter to My Sons,” is “not engaged by books which I think of as ‘parlor people’ literature.”
WASHINGTON ― A bipartisan trio of senators urged President Donald Trump on Wednesday to expand background checks on gun purchases in a roughly 40-minute conference call they described as productive and “very encouraging.”
However, Trump didn’t indicate on the call any preference for legislative proposals toward curbing gun violenceand said the lawmakers “should be able to hear back from his…
Six Young Women and Their Book Collections
In 2017, Honey & Wax Booksellers established an annual prize for American women book collectors, aged thirty years and younger. The idea took shape when Heather O’Donnell and Rebecca Romney, the bookstore’s owners, observed that “the women who regularly buy books from us are less likely to call themselves ‘collectors’ than the men, even when those women have spent years passionately collecting…