Archive for December, 2006

Atoning for Appropriation
By December 11, 2006 0 Comments Read More →

Atoning for Appropriation

I recently wrote about plagiarism, then about the fuzzy line between homage and appropriation, two topics that seem to be in the air lately. Over at Slate, Jack Shafer weighs in on Ian McEwan’s appropriation of several passages from Lucilla Andrews’ No Time for Romance (1977) for his best-selling Atonement (2001). Shafer’s link-heavy piece is a great resource for […]

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No, They
By December 11, 2006 1 Comments Read More →

No, They

Okay, so those reported sales of O. J. Simpson’s If I Did It didn’t actually happen. From Galleycat:  The mystery surrounding Bookscan‘s report of 100 copies of OJ Simpson’s canceled “confession” IF I DID IT sold during the week ending December 3 has been solved. According to HarperCollins spokeswoman Erin Crum, those “sales” were in […]

Somebody Did It
By December 7, 2006 1 Comments Read More →

Somebody Did It

Galleycat reports that, surprise, surprise, some copies of O. J. Simpson’s If I Did It slipped through the dragnet: When the publication of OJ Simpson‘s now beyond-infamous “confession” IF I DID IT was canceled late last month, HarperCollins spokeswoman Erin Crum told the Associated Press that “some copies had already been shipped to stores but […]

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Merle Rubin, R.I.P.
By December 7, 2006 0 Comments Read More →

Merle Rubin, R.I.P.

From the Los Angeles Times: Merle Rubin, a book critic who was a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times as well as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times and Christian Science Monitor, has died. She was 57. … It is rare for a book critic to support herself as a freelancer. The profession is […]

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Uzodinma Iweala Wins the Llewellyn Rhys
By December 7, 2006 1 Comments Read More →

Uzodinma Iweala Wins the Llewellyn Rhys

For those of you going through award-news withdrawal, you’ll be pleased to learn that Uzodinma Iweala has won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for his first novel, Beasts of No Nation. From The Guardian: Beasts of No Nation is a first novel by Uzodinma Iweala who, at 23 years old, is one of the youngest winners […]

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Regrets and Reversals
By December 6, 2006 0 Comments Read More →

Regrets and Reversals

The Sunday before last, the Chicago Tribune‘s critics offered a number of critical reversals–”revisions and reassessments” of works they’d previously panned or praised. It’s a topic I’d been meaning to write about myself, and I’d been mulling it over for a few days when I stumbled across the Eggers vs. Eggers controversy–Eggers’ striking change of heart regarding David […]

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Francis Ford Coppola's William Faulkner's Dracula
By December 5, 2006 1 Comments Read More →

Francis Ford Coppola's William Faulkner's Dracula

As I’ve said before, I’m nothing if not untimely. But a good story is a good story, even if I’m an eternity-on-the-Internet 20 days late. Daniel Kraus, Associate Editor of American Libraries, forwarded this to me, saying that I’d probably read it already and that it was probably too old to mention (and that was […]

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Bissinger vs. Burroughs
By December 5, 2006 1 Comments Read More →

Bissinger vs. Burroughs

Ah, memories. Remember when James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard) was carried through the streets of New York on the shoulders of an adoring crowd, then crowned King of the Memoir by a teary Patricia Hampl (I Could Tell You Stories)–only to be later chased to the docks, dodging a bombardment of soggy […]

Dave Eggers vs. Dave Eggers
By December 4, 2006 1 Comments Read More →

Dave Eggers vs. Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers versus David Foster Wallace, circa 1996, versus Dave Eggers versus David Foster Wallace, circa 2006. Or, better, Dave Eggers, circa 1996, versus Dave Eggers, circa 2006. Traver Kauffman at Rake’s Progress found Dave Eggers to be of two minds about Infinite Jest, albeit ten years apart. Well, “rigorously unpretentious” (2006) isn’t exactly the same […]

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Richard
By December 4, 2006 0 Comments Read More →

Richard

Last Thursday night I went to the release party (at the Museum of Contemporary Photography) for a beautiful, moving new book, Richard Nickel’s Chicago. Authors Richard Cahan and Michael Williams gave a brief but insight-laden talk about the work and legacy of Nickel, an architectural photographer whose crusade to save Chicago’s classic buildings from the wrecking […]