Monthly Archives: January 2009

Remembering John Updike

This week’s Scout Report has a good round-up of items about the death–and life–of John Updike: John Updike, Critic and Author, Dies At Age 76 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author John Updike Dies at Age 76 [Real Player] http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99942825 Remembering Updike http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/remembering-upd/ … Continue reading

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An Appraisal – Updike Made the Mundane Into a Saga

An Appraisal – Updike Made the Mundane Into a Saga – NYTimes.com: Endowed with an art student’s pictorial imagination, a journalist’s sociological eye and a poet’s gift for metaphor, John Updike — who died on Tuesday at 76 — was … Continue reading

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John Updike, Author, Dies at 76

John Updike, Author, Dies at 76 – Obituary (Obit) – NYTimes.com: NEW YORK (AP) — John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, prolific man of letters and erudite chronicler of sex, divorce and other adventures in the postwar prime of the … Continue reading

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Quotation of the Day

“Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life; they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even … Continue reading

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Robinson, Bolaño Among 2008 NBCC Award Finalists

Robinson, Bolaño Among 2008 NBCC Award Finalists – 1/24/2009 9:13:00 PM – Publishers Weekly: A list of finalists for the National Book Critics Circle annual awards in the categories of fiction, poetry, criticism, biography, autobiography, and nonfiction

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Library use jumps in Seattle area; economy likely reason

Local News | Library use jumps in Seattle area; economy likely reason | Seattle Times Newspaper: A library card has become a hot property in the Seattle region — area public libraries are experiencing a surge in circulation. While busy … Continue reading

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Librarian Nancy Pearl Dips Below The Reading Radar : NPR

Librarian Nancy Pearl Dips Below The Reading Radar : NPR: Although we all can turn to reviews, advertisements or the best-seller lists for some suggestions, many books remain unreviewed and overlooked. I always especially like to look for books that … Continue reading

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In difficult economic times, libraries become even more popular with the general public

In difficult economic times, libraries become even more popular with the general public Books fly off shelves as library use soars http://www.bendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090108/NEWS0107/901080426/1001/NEWS01&nav_category=NEWS01 The Santa Barbara Independent Libraries Busy in Faltering Economy http://www.independent.com/news/2009/jan/08/libraries-busy-faltering-economy/ The Public Library Renaissance http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/07/the-public-library-renaissance/ Judge orders libraries … Continue reading

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Hollywood rarely did Donald Westlake justice

Hollywood rarely did Donald Westlake justice – Los Angeles Times: Roughly two dozen films emerged from Westlake’s novels or involved screenplay work by the man himself. But only two — 1967′s ‘Point Blank,’ based on the first novel he wrote … Continue reading

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‘Conversations With God’ Author Accused of Plagiarism

‘Conversations With God’ Author Accused of Plagiarism – ArtsBeat Blog – NYTimes.com: Neale Donald Walsch, author of the best-selling series ‘Conversations with God,’ recently posted a personal Christmas essay on the spiritual Web site Beliefnet.com that was nearly identical to … Continue reading

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