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Thursday, January 22, 2004

Quick news 

How did a so-called "Difficult novel" become a huge seller and laden with awards? It's question people are asking about Mark Haddon's THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (I book I particularly loved, btw) and the Independent attempts to get some answers.

DJ Taylor muses about being on the other side of the judging line: he's up for the overall Whitbread award, to be given out next week.

Jonathan Yardley reviews a book that argues that Americans are even more unscrupulous than ever, creating a "Cheating culture."

It's still pretty nasty when it comes to the rights for Winnie the Pooh. On one end: Disney and Claire Milne, AA's daughter. On the other are the Slesingers, who had obtained rights in the 1930s and are now suing Disney for their share of merchandising profits. The latest round went against Disney, but it's shaping up to be a battle royale.

So Penguin is famous for its Classics and Modern Classics program of books. Now they are putting it under one big umbrella and naming a publisher for the whole enterprise.

You have to like a review that calls David Denby a "bare-naked fool."

And finally, guess it's not fun to be Art Garfunkel this morning. His limo was pulled over? Sheesh.

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