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  • Do you want to cheese off Jen Doll?

    The Atlantic permits someone named Jen Doll to write on language and usage, and Ms. Doll has Views on singular they. Those views are not favorable. Examples of singular they "make me cringe." Further, "The singular they is ear-hurting, eye-burning,...
  • Line 'em up, knock 'em down

    When, a couple of days ago, I suggested accepting they as a singular to provide the epicene pronoun English otherwise lacks, there was the sort of brouhaha that one encounters whenever some minor idol is toppled from its plinth.  It occurs to me that...
  • Stephenie Meyer talks about 'The Host'

    In the midst of separating a generation of young female readers into Team Edward and Team Jacob, Stephenie Meyer, author of the wildly popular "Twilight" novels, started a new book called "The Host." Published by Little, Brown in 2008, "The Host" is a...
  • Intellectuals, spy at the center of McEwan's 'Sweet Tooth'

    Intellectuals, spy at the center of McEwan's 'Sweet Tooth'
    Ian McEwan's “Sweet Tooth” tells the story of a young woman, Serena Frome, who graduates from Cambridge in the early 1970s and enters the working world. Since Frome's employer happens to be MI5, the working world, in her case, is the world...
  • Caldecott, Newbery Medals awarded by American Library Assn.

    Caldecott, Newbery Medals awarded by American Library Assn.
    The American Library Assn. announced its 2013 book award winners Monday at its annual national conference, held this year in Seattle. While the best-known awards are the John Newbery Medal and the Caledecott Medal, there are dozens of awards, each of...
  • The incredible shrinking Barnes & Noble

    The incredible shrinking Barnes & Noble
    Big box bookstores such as Barnes & Noble were once considered a major threat to the health of the book-selling industry, offering discounts, massive selections and lattes that independent bookstores could not. Now things have changed: Barnes & Noble is...
  • What's happening to CalArts' literary journal Black Clock?

    This post has been updated. Please see below for details. The California Institute of the Arts launched its literary journal Black Clock in 2004 with pieces by some of the best writers of the moment: David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Lethem, Aimee Bender...
  • Inspired by the Ravens: Literary NFL teams?

    The Super Bowl-bound Baltimore Ravens get their name from the poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, making them the most literary NFL team. They can thank the people of Baltimore, who chose the name during a poll conducted by the Baltimore Sun. The radio...
  • Make it stop: Jane Austen via 'Downton Abbey' in new book

    Jane Austen has been dead for close to 200 years, but it's hard to imagine she's gotten much rest in her grave in Westminster Abbey, what with all the rewrites, updates and zombifications of her work. We get it: her books are much beloved, and readers...
  • Depictions of violence in theater: Revelation, not nihilism

    Depictions of violence in theater: Revelation, not nihilism
    In one of the most infamous scenes in modern drama, a group of young men in a London park stone a baby to death in its carriage. What begins as roughhousing escalates to all-out sadism until a rock is thrown at point blank range, ending the child's...
  • Visions of Mann's 'Venice' in Russo's 'Nate in Venice'

    Visions of Mann's 'Venice' in Russo's 'Nate in Venice'
    The title isn't the only similarity between Richard Russo's new e-short, "Nate in Venice," and Thomas Mann's novella, "Death in Venice." In both pieces, the main character obsesses over an unattainable adolescent. Gustav, protagonist of Mann's novel,...