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Wednesday, November 19, 2003

News for a wednesday morning 

So it looks like the rush to judgement on who the next editor of the New York Times Book review will be delayed a fair bit:

In a memo to staff last Thursday, Bill Keller noted that McGrath won’t officially be leaving the post until "early next year," before he went on to open up the internal interviewing process ("Applicants may start the deluge...now," he wrote). A spokesperson said only that "the timing for any announcement has yet to be determined."

Aw, that's no fun. I was so ready to pounce on the new candidate, to rip him or her apart and be supremely critical and cutting. But I gotta wait several months to do that? Well...OK then.

There's more analyses at the NY Observer and The Village Voice. (links from Moby.)

Most of the time, booksignings are pretty sedate affairs. But occasionally one comes along that makes the news and offers up a bit of controversy. Like Conrad Black's at Indigo yesterday. Originally there to promote his new humungous book about FDR, he got some decidedly different questions instead---the vast majority as he stepped out of the limo to get to the actual signing.

So your kids read Harry Potter. What next? Rachel Billington at the Guardian has some good ideas.

Sara Nelson's latest column takes a closer look at James McCourt's Queer Street, a rollicking look at New York City's gay scene as it emerged several decades ago.

Anthony Read picks the top 10 books about Hitler. I'm trying not to repeat that in a Wayne's World singsong kind of way.

The Globe and Mail interviews new bestselling sensation Audrey Niffenegger.

The Maritime Museum of Greenwich will host an exhibition devoted to Tintin, the globetrotting, somewhat clueless cartoon boy, in honor of the 75th anniversary of his creation. Coming soon: the Asterix exhibition.

A Shania Twain biopic. Why?

Ben Profune at the NY Observer evaluates the, er, thespian skills of a certain Paris Original.

And finally, the Royals really do never learn. Evidently a journalist from the Daily Mirror posed as a servant and served George Bush.

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