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Medicinal reading

Friday, 09 April 2010 14:38 Written by
The actress Emma Thompson, depressed after her first marriage broke up, chose Jane Austen for a therapist and 'Sense and Sensibility' for medicine. And it worked. JoJo Moyes, writing in the Telegraph, explores the healthy self-medication of reading great novels, with quotes by those who swear by the cure and…

Categories upon categories

Friday, 09 April 2010 14:26 Written by
Putting books in the right categories is not as easy as it used to be. “In our mashup-crazy, zombie-besotted culture, genre-bending is a trend that shows no signs of abating,” writes Keir Graff on Booklist OnLine’s Read Alert service. Rebecca Stead's Newbery winning “When You Reach Me”: Time travel? Mystery?…

1000 years of merde?

Tuesday, 06 April 2010 10:03 Written by
Today's guest blogger, bestselling author Stephen Clarke, will be at the Library tomorrow at 19h30 to speak about his new book, 1000 Years of Annoying the French. On Wednesday April 7, I will be at the American Library to talk about my new book, 1000 Years of Annoying the French.…

Pad nauseam

Sunday, 04 April 2010 12:36 Written by
Does the launch of any commercial product merit the fawning, breathless attention being given the iPad? No, says Mark Potts, on his blog Recovering Journalist.

PEN/Faulkner to Alexie

Friday, 02 April 2010 10:29 Written by
It's the season of literary awards. The PEN/FaulknerAward for Fiction has gone to Sherman Alexie for 'War Dances.' Read all about it. The four other finalists: Barbara Kingsolver, 'The Lacuna'; Lorraine M. Lopez, 'Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories; Lorrie Moore, 'A Gate at the Stairs'; and Colson Whitehead, 'Sag…

Printing less is more

Friday, 02 April 2010 08:58 Written by
It’s never a bad idea to save paper, and a better idea to get more out of your printer. PC World has come up with ten printer downloads that can “reduce paper and ink consumption, print out CD and DVD labels, create posters, and generate business cards – and that’s…

April fuel

Thursday, 01 April 2010 14:51 Written by
Do you remember the surprising news from the fast food world about the introduction of the left-handed Whopper? Or the Italian spaghetti harvest? Portable zip codes you take with you when you move? Legislative efforts to ban the use of the internet while drunk? Jack Shafer, Slate's media critic, recalls…

The Bancroft pantheon

Tuesday, 30 March 2010 10:18 Written by
Virtually every great American historian of the postwar era has received the Bancroft Prize. The 2010 Bancroft Prizes have just been announced, and the winners are: • Linda Gordon for her Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits, about the celebrated Depression-era photographer; • Woody Holton for his portrait of American’s…

The Loneliness of the long distance researcher

Monday, 29 March 2010 10:00 Written by
Today's guest blogger, biographer Veronica Buckley, will be at the Library on Wednesday, March 31 at 19h30 to speak about her new book The Secret Wife of Louis XIV, Francoise d'Aubigné, Madame de Maintenon. Read a rave review from the New York Times. Can a building shrink? I don’t remember…

'Picturing America' at the Library

Friday, 26 March 2010 13:45 Written by
The work of American artists Childe Hassam, Richard Diebenkorn, John Singleton Copley, Dorothea Lange, John J. Audubon (born near Nantes), and Jacob Lawrence are on display at the Library now. These handsome reproductions were created by the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts “Picturing America” series of American masterworks for…

The Paris book fair

Friday, 26 March 2010 09:57 Written by
The annual Salon du Livre at the Porte de Versailles, this one celebrating the last 30 years (the first salon was held in 1980), opens today and runs through Wednesday at the Porte de Versailles. Among 90-some authors, French and otherwise, due to make appearances are Paul Auster, Umberto Eco,…

Dial elsewhere for murder

Thursday, 25 March 2010 09:49 Written by
“Will the American thriller go the way of the American automobile?” asks Alexander Narazyan in The Daily Beast. “Is it possible that the entire Anglo-American world offers too narrow a scope? That even the work of whiskey-swilling private eyes has been outsourced? In one word, yes. He explains: “This past…

Check them out

Wednesday, 24 March 2010 17:06 Written by
What do these great writers have in common? Marcel Proust, Philip Larkin, Anne Tyler, Jorge Luis Borges, Madeleine l’Engle, Lewis Carroll, Archibald MacLeish, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Berger, Angus Wilson…. Answer: At one time in their lives they were librarians. Whoda thunkit. The online bookseller Abe selects the top ten…

Keeping the Cake

Tuesday, 23 March 2010 10:51 Written by
Today's guest blogger, Paula Butturini, will present her memoir, Keeping the Feast: One Couple's Story of Love, Food and Healing in Italy, at the Library tomorrow, March 24 at 19h30. After nearly a month back in the U.S. -- speaking in bookstores and libraries about my memoir, Keeping the Feast…

Chiseled in stone?

Monday, 22 March 2010 19:21 Written by
Proclaiming that Moses himself was a revisionist, Christopher Hitchens offers a new and improved version of the Ten Commandments. As the Bible offers “three or four wildly different scriptural versions…. we are fully entitled to consider them as a work in progress.” Making graven images of the Lord: “This appears…

Solace at the table

Sunday, 21 March 2010 15:46 Written by
Paula Butturini, who will be speaking about her new memoir Wednesday evening at the Library, got a powerful rave in the New York Times Book Review this morning. Reviewer Mika Brzezinski says “ ‘Keeping the Feast’ shares with Julie Powell's 'Julie & Julia' and Elizabeth Gilbert's 'Eat, Pray, Love' the…

Reality bites

Saturday, 20 March 2010 11:07 Written by
Non-fiction gets no respect as literature. And it should. “The genre emits a whiff of the déclassé, served (especially in literature departments) with a garnish of condescension.The problem starts with the word: Like ‘childless’ (why not ‘child-free’?), ‘nonfiction’ packs a lot of social judgment. Nonfiction may be real, but in…

R.S.V.P.? R.V.O.M!

Thursday, 18 March 2010 10:27 Written by
Rand Richards Cooper, writing on the op-edit page of the IHT yesterday, confronts a vexing contemporary social problem. Two responses are necessary: (1) Right on! (2) Mea culpa.

St. Patrick's Day puzzle

Wednesday, 17 March 2010 08:43 Written by
Michael Dirda, the Washington Post book critic and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, asks: “How is it that this small island has produced so many great modern writers? One might even make the case that all the greatest 20th century writers in every genre were Irish: W.B. Yeats…

'Reading is changing wildly'

Wednesday, 17 March 2010 08:42 Written by
Frances Gendlin, a writer who served on the board of trustees of the Library a few years ago, has been living more recently in Mexico – but thinking enough about her former haunts to write and publish a new book, the fictional Paris, Moi, and the Gang: A Memoir…of Sorts.…