| Feb 14, 2011
| 11:54 AM
"Lastingness: The Art of Old Age"
By Nicholas Delbanco
Grand Central Publishing, 261 pages, $24.99
Six years ago, during one of my summer writers' workshops, I found myself presented with a young man who was already (at the ripe age of 12) a world-...
| Sep 3, 2010
| 11:18 AM
“Burn This Book: Pen Writers Speak Out On the Power of the Word”
Edited by Toni Morrison (2009)This international collection of essays range from writers around the world, from Morrison and John Updike to Orhan Pamuk and Nadine Gordimer,...
| Sep 12, 2010
Not that long ago, e-books were an oddity: Devices were expensive, and those who invested in them struggled to find something good to read. But the age of preferring paperbacks is starting to look like the late era of CDs — e-books are ascendant....
| Feb 28, 2010
Alan Sillitoe, now in his 80s, grew up in Nottingham, in the English midlands, in the kind of squalor and poverty that, a century earlier, gave Charles Dickens nightmares. Sillitoe's father was a violent drunk; his mother, on occasion, was forced to...
| Nov 1, 2009
The Suicide Run
Five Tales of the Marine Corps
Random House: 198 pp., $24
The business -- and I use the word advisedly -- of posthumous publication is a troubling one. We honor our dear dead. Yet there are certain kinds of attention...
| Nov 20, 2009
"The Art Student's War"
By Brad Leithauser
Knopf, 512 pages, $27.95
To engage in some literary hopscotch momentarily, consider that the poet and novelist Brad Leithauser, writing in Slate magazine on John Updike, connected his subject with Henry James'...
| Dec 11, 2010
Yellow shoes are the only giveaway. Without them, Steve Martin's just another New Yorker in a somber gray coat, braced against the coming winter, out Christmas shopping for his wife; just another writer with a new book he will see in the window of...
| Feb 9, 2009
I know I'm two weeks late on this, but in memory of John Updike's death, I should post his most famous contribution to sportswriting. It's about Ted Williams, here.......
| Aug 25, 2010
Powerful agent Andrew Wylie's plan to sell the e-book backlist of some of his best-known authors -- among them John Updike, Ralph Ellison and Philip Roth -- has come mostly undone. The e-book venture, Odyssey Editions, is a partnership with......
| Aug 27, 2010
Inspired by Salinger's toilet -- which was listed for sale on EBay for $1 million -- Jacket Copy decided to see what other literary-ish items are currently for sale on the site. What we discovered? The doozy dozen. The first......
| Sep 15, 2010
Time for Tom Wolfe to get his white suit dry-cleaned again, as the author will receive the National Book Foundation's 2010 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, it was announced Wednesday. The medal, which is the foundation's...