Archive for April, 2006

Not a Cable News Show
By April 28, 2006 4 Comments Read More →

Not a Cable News Show

I might have overdone it yesterday, so just a few final links on the Kaavya Viswanathan controversy (if this were a high-school newspaper or a small-town mini-mart I could spell it “Kontroversy” – how I wish I could): Slate’s Jack Shafer explains Why Plagiarists Do It… …Kaavya Viswanathan apologizes again… …The Book Standard claims a […]

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Getting It Right
By April 27, 2006 4 Comments Read More →

Getting It Right

A while back, I wrote about C. J. Box’s new book In Plain Sight. I liked the book a lot, though not quite as much as last year’s, Out of Range (which, by the way, made the list of The Year’s Best Crime Novels, which will be published in a few days). But even when […]

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The New Supergroups
By April 26, 2006 0 Comments Read More →

The New Supergroups

Megan McCafferty to Kaavya Viswanathan: apology so not accepted. More on the YA age-range thing in the comments to yesterday’s post. But, as I say far too often, back to soccer. I’m working my way through the 32 essays (one for each country in competition) in The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup and […]

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A Teaching Moment

A Teaching Moment

Well, Kaavya Viswanathan confessed. Sort of. She did copy language from Megan McCafferty, she said, but the borrowing was “unintentional and unconscious.” Her agent backed her up, saying, “Teenagers tend to adopt each other’s language.” (These quotes are cribbed from the New York Times article; there’s a free article at the Harvard Crimson.) Yesterday I […]

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The Food Court of Public Opinion
By April 24, 2006 5 Comments Read More →

The Food Court of Public Opinion

I don’t usually patrol the Books for Youth beat, but while I was speed-eating a bowl of cereal this morning, I spotted a bit of literary news in the pages of the Chicago Tribune (yes, I read it the old-fashioned way, on paper). When I got to work, I found the original story in the […]

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You Don’t Talk about <i>My</i> Country Like That
By April 21, 2006 2 Comments Read More →

You Don’t Talk about <i>My</i> Country Like That

I started reading The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup last night, edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey, and in the first paragraph of the introduction – the very first paragraph, as he begins his discussion of what he likes about the World Cup – Wilsey notes: “There are irritating fans: ‘USA! USA! […]

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Redeeming Qualities
By April 20, 2006 0 Comments Read More →

Redeeming Qualities

Every time I ask for something while I’m reading The Redemption Factory, author Sam Millar provides it. Last night it was in the form of a chapter titled “Tidying Up All Loose Ends.” Very considerate! At any rate, I finished reading it and this morning I drafted my review. The plot elements did come together […]

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Snooker in the Redemption Factory
By April 19, 2006 3 Comments Read More →

Snooker in the Redemption Factory

I had read just three more pages in Sam Millar’s The Redemption Factory last night when, lo and behold, Paul Goodman says, “I don’t think I could allow any woman to come between me and snooker. It’s what I live for.” And 40 pages later, Millar writes, referencing a tournament that we’ve just learned Goodman […]

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Back to Work
By April 18, 2006 3 Comments Read More →

Back to Work

I started reading a new book for review last night: The Redemption Factory, by Sam Millar. When Bill Ott handed it to me, he said, “Take a look at this one, it’s about a snooker player.” (Please note that all dialogue in this blog is remembered, not verbatim. If my colleagues saw me carrying a […]

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Lucky Me
By April 17, 2006 6 Comments Read More →

Lucky Me

Between naps (mine) and diapers (his), I read Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim (1953)-obviously not to review it. When I really want to relax, character, setting, and plot come in second, third, and fourth to a more important consideration: language. I especially love the language of mid- and early-twentieth-century British writers and the dry, wry humor […]

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