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The Late Movies: Book Trailers, This Year’s Winners and Losers

The same week I enjoyed Ransom’s beautiful book trailer, I heard about the Moby Awards — which, in addition to recognizing great book trailers, points out awful book trailers. Below, I’ve collected some winners…and losers. I’ll be curious to see whether Ransom gets a nod next year! Worst Performance By An Author Jonathan Franzen: “This might be [...]

At the Libraries: Are Novelists Ignoring the Internet?

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment! This made the Internet rounds last week — a lost book illustrated by Louise Fitzhugh! (I don’t have to explain who she is, right?) Check out [...]

The Unappetizing Realities of Factory-Farmed Meat

I grew up on a farm. In addition to corn and soy, my family used to raise chickens and pigs and cows — a few dozen chickens, a dozen pigs, maybe, and a handful of cows — but that was years ago. The price of meat has been so low for so long, for both [...]

A Writer Grows in Brooklyn – part 1

Truman Capote lived in Brooklyn by choice, and so did I, once… Brooklyn Heights, to be more exact. Actually, the Northern part of Brooklyn Heights, if you want to be even more exact. Or, more precisely, Cranberry Street —the little three-block long street where the movies Moonstruck and Three Days of the Condor were filmed. When [...]