Monday, December 25, 2017

Who really should have been Time's Person of the Year

Almanac: on growing old, from The Straight Story

“Well, the worst part of being old is rememberin’ when you was young.” John Roach and Mary Sweeney, screenplay for The Straight Story ... read more

Being a Writer on Social Media: What can authors do when news of their book's impending publication garners way more attention than the writing itself?

From powerbroker to librarian — the prison transformation of Eddie Obeid...
Volokh Conspiracy moves to Reason 

The Afterlife of Adam and Eve

ONE of my favorite books of the year is the effort by Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt to make sense of several thousand years of Adam and Eve. Where did the original myth and its ... read more

Clifford Irving, Perp Of 20th-Century’s Greatest Failed Literary Hoax, Dead At 87

Despite several other notable books and a notably extravagant life, Irving is best remembered for his forged "autobiography" of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes - who briefly emerged from his extreme seclusion to denounce the volume as fake. (In an impressive bit of chutzpah, Irving later wrote and sold a book about his hoax, and even got a movie made of it.) … [Read More]

Keely Smith, Cabaret And Nightclub Singing Star, Dead At 89

"[She] became a nightclub sensation in the 1950s with her then-husband, the comically disruptive entertainer Louis Prima, and ... gradually emerged from his shadow as an acclaimed solo performer" whose hits with bandleader Nelson Riddle, on Capitol and later on Frank Sinatra's Reprise label, included the million-seller "I Wish You Love" and "Little Girl Blue/Little Girl New." … [Read More]

You are Working Harder and Getting Paid Less Counterpunch

Bigmouth ex-coppers who fed media MP pr0nz storyface privacy probe Bob Quick, Neil Lewis referred to UK data watchdog by 'disappointed' Met Police


Who really should have been Time's Person of the Year -  ...