December 4, 1988 |
The first rumblings he heard connecting his name to the new National Book Awards medal for "distinguished contributions to American letters" reminded Jason Epstein of an episode of "The Honeymooners," the old Jackie Gleason television show. That would be the scene in which Ralph Kramden learns that one of the members of the Raccoons, his lodge, is about to receive a special citation for meritorious service.
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.
November 26, 1989 |
In a famous New Yorker cartoon, a small book, sprouting arms and legs, having jumped from its place on the shelf, plaintively looks up at its owner, placidly watching television, and demands "Read me!"