September 18, 2002 |
In Gore Vidal's 1981 bestselling novel, "Creation," the narrator--imperial Persian emissary Cyrus Spitama--describes his young nephew thusly: "Democritus is studying philosophy here at Athens. This means that he delights in quarrels." So, too, does Vidal, who is as famous for his capacity for lasting animosities as he is for his acidic tongue.
February 25, 2001 |
Book publishing is in the throes of enormous change, partly because of a major shift in corporate structures over the last few decades but mainly the result of new technologies whose cultural influence, in the words of Jason Epstein, "promises to be no less revolutionary than the introduction of movable type. . . .
September 17, 2013 |
Streaming music pioneer Rhapsody, one of the first digital music companies to offer access to songs through monthly subscriptions, has cut its staff by 15%. Also, its president, Jon Irwin, is stepping down and will continue as a strategic advisor. Rhapsody International, the service's parent, said Monday that the layoffs were concurrent with New York investment firm Columbus Nova Technology Partners' taking a large share in the company....
January 8, 2013 |
The Swann Gallery in New York is holding a large auction of 20th century illustrations that features the works of Maurice Sendak. There are many books by Sendak and those he illustrated, some original sketches, signed books and a first edition of "Where the Wild Things Are," with an inscription that includes a drawing of one of his Wild Thing monsters. "Dear Reed -- This certainly looks like a first edition -- it has all the wrong colors in the right places!" Sendak wrote beside the figure of a dancing Wild Thing.
March 18, 1990 |
Two years ago, when Kurt Waldheim's Nazi past was making headlines, the Los Angeles Times published an unusually thoughtful review, one that compared Waldheim's amnesia with the amnesia of Austria itself and contrasted it to West Germany's " Vergangenheitsbewaltigung-- a truthful and cathartic confrontation with the unhappy and long-suppressed past." The German word came to the reviewer honestly enough: He was born in Vienna.
February 25, 2001
Book publishing exists at the intersection of art and commerce. In recent years, according to some observers, several factors have combined to make it difficult (some say nearly impossible) for publishers to acquire and sell--at commercially viable levels--difficult yet important writing.