Reporting back from the ART production of Porgy and Bess, I can’t decide if the moral of the story is a) don’t mess with the classics b) stick to your guns or c) don’t tell people what you’re “planning” to do. Although director Diane Paulus and playwright Suzan-Lori Parks had announced that they were changing […]
>The Boston Globe’s thumbnail review for Captain America says the movie “packs a powerful, but predictable, patriotic punch.” How is that different from saying that it “packs a predictable, but powerful, patriotic punch?” I’m curious about which construction you all think is the more positive, because this is a trick reviewers use all the time, […]
>Considering how professionally bankrupt–giving ’em, getting ’em, using ’em–the whole starred review system is, I really like what Shelftalker has to say about the whole business.
>We’re editing Magazine reviews today, and a couple have made me wonder when and whether we should mention author or publisher websites that promise additional material that supports the book. If anyone in library school is reading this and needs a paper topic, please take a sample of books published, say, three years ago, that […]
>An author is suing the publisher of a book review for criminal libel. The Times article is entertainingly snarky (it doesn’t hurt that the author, reviewer, and publisher are all lawyers) but don’t miss the exchange of letters between the author and the publisher (it’s a pdf), who seem to be friends. Or at least […]
>Scholastic editor and YA novelist David Levithan (whose latest collaboration with Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, will be reviewed in our January issue) has a new novel out for adults. PW and Booklist both like it but can’t quite agree on what or who it is about. Of The Lover’s Dictionary (FSG), […]
> The November/December issue is out, with a beautiful cover by Anita Lobel, whose Sutherland Lecture is in the issue. We’ve put online our reviews of new holiday books, Vicky Smith writing about religion and reviewing, Leonard Marcus on picture books from overseas and Mary Downing Hahn, Susan Cooper, and I discussing our choices for […]
>We’ve posted our reviews of the finalists for the National Book Award, young people’s literature category, and I see that our little sister has done the same thing. Compare ‘n contrast!
>Sparked by the Speak drama, the Tea Cozy asks the question, “what would you do if someone used your review as ‘proof’ that a book shouldn’t be in a library or a classroom?” and there’s a good discussion in the comments. My own touchstone for this question is Judy Blume’s Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson, […]
> . . . not lay blame. Editorial Anonymous has a letter from a reader asking why reviewers don’t ever blame the publisher for “inept design and production decisions” that “ruin” a book. While the letter-writer seems to have a particular if unspoken agenda for his or her comment, I was rather more taken aback by […]