It is no doubt fully autumn in most parts of the country, and no doubt part of the changes we make, along with digging out warmer clothes and wool blankets, is curling up in a favorite reading spot with a good book. And we’ve got some good ideas for that.
Pete Croatto re-visits the former ESPN.com columnist who made headlines when his views on an international incident made headlines and finds that the man behind the words is still as acerbic as ever but also more complex, sensitive, and human than he was made out to be at the time in The Hard Thing is the Right Thing: An Interview with Paul Shirley.
Two new books from two different publishers, both about “young Jewish girls who live in lands new to them, brought there by difficult circumstances and by religious do-gooders,” and both distressing and compelling, are the focus of Gillian Polack’s interest this week in Two Books.
As Carl Rollyson works with his publisher on the conversion of his latest manuscript into his newest book, he explores in What’s in a Title the reasoning behind his choice of a title, and why that choice was dropped in favor of a new title that better incorporated the enigma, heroism, and humanism of his subject.
Banned Books Week runs until October 1, and this time is not so much a celebration of the power of reading but of the perception some people have of its danger—and of their determination to impose their views on others. Lauren Roberts reminisces about the route this country seems to be on, and how BBW fits into that in Read ‘Em and Weep Learn.