Wednesday, March 24, 2004

More of the news you can use 

Sleep in a little late, and so what if I feel slightly behind? There's something to be said for a bit of extra sleep after all. But I digress, and so it goes:

Let's start with Howell Raines, the former executive editor of the NY Times who went down in flames after the Blair Affair. Now he's preparing his memoirs, which will appear shortly in the Atlantic Monthly. Tom Scocca, who seems to have taken over for Sridhar Pappu without anyone telling us, has the story.

Lies and the Lying Liars who report them: guess who's back in the journalism saddle? Why, none other than noted plagiarist Mike Barnicle, who got in trouble a whole host of times in the mid-90s. He's now a metro columnist with the Boston Herald, only a stone's throw away from where he perpetrated his plagiaristic behavior at the Globe.

The IMPAC shortlist has been announced, and there's even a Canadian on the list--Rohinton Mistry, who makes it for his novel FAMILY MATTERS.

Why did Bloomsbury UK do so well profit-wise last year? Come on, do I really have to tell you? Two little words: Harry Potter.

Kevin O'Kelly at the Boston Globe is extremely excited about the availability of Karin Fossum's Inspector Sejer series in the US with the recently published DON'T LOOK BACK. This Norwegian author has been getting huge buzz since the novels were made available in English in the UK, and I'm glad to see the US following suit.

William Kent Kreuger, the author of BLOOD HOLLOW and four other crime novels, is interviewed at Mystery Ink. He's been compared to Steve Hamilton in writing style and choice of locale, but thinks if their protagonists ever teamed up, Cork O'Connor would kick Alex McKnight's ass (though I think this is kind of a no-brainer statement, really, and I love McKnight and Hamilton's books....)

Choice offerings from the Sunday Telegraph finally show up on the site, delayed as usual. Included is Toby Clements likening George Pelecanos' HARD REVOLUTION to....Dickens? I kid you not.

Mark Sanderson is obsessed, positively obsessed, with I Love Books and their project to summarize classic novels in 25 words or less. It's really rather amusing. (last item.)

In rebutting the whole Belle de Jour identity madness of late, Lillian Pizzichini brings up the idea that hey--just because a prostitute brings up literature in her blog, doesn't mean she's fake. After all, what to make of Carla Raay, the Australian nun-turned-hooker who's written a book called "God's Call Girl"? (second item.)

If you're a Victorian literature nut, this top 10 list provided by Philip Davis should be of definite interest. Not your usual candidates, to be sure...

30--the new midlife crisis? That's the thesis behind Lia Macko and Kerry Rubin's new book, claiming that 30somethings are "too busy for the Sex in the City Life." Okay, except that they obviously have deficient math skills since people are living longer. Maybe this would have been a better phrase in, oh, Victorian times?

Most people haven't likely heard of Dinah Lee Kung, but she's on the longlist for the 2004 Orange Prize. The San Jose Cruz Sentinel interviews her about this accomplishment and her career as a whole.

What else is there to say about the New York Times' review of Daphne de Marneffe's book other than this: take it away, Jessa.

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