Issue of January 22, 2012

This week, we have one of the best interviews we have ever run. If you are a sports fan, be sure to check out The Athletic Supporter. Over at Biographology, see how a reviewer handles criticism of his choice of a book to review, and why he thinks it important to his genre. More beloved books? You bet. Head over to Bookish Dreaming for that. And, finally, the weekly editor’s letter offers up a take apparently not yet discussed when libraries and e-books come to the forefront.

In a brilliant and insightful interview that spans a wide range of subjects, Pete Croatto goes head-to-head with John Schulian a former sports columnist (and, later, television writer) who talks about his experiences on newspapers, with other sports writers, editors, and athletes, the changes in the sports reporting industry, how he broke into television, and more in We Write and Take Our Chances: An Interview with John Schulian.

In his last column, Carl Rollyson critically reviewed a new biography of Adolf Hitler that took an unusual approach. Not surprisingly, he received a number of e-mails and comments about it. In Springtime for Hitler Again, he meets those objections head on and explains why he believes as he does and how the genre of biography is enhanced by that author’s approach.

In Beloved Books: Part Three, Gillian Polack had planned to write about her favorite books that are over one hundred years old—until she found she had thrown out, by accident, her notes. But she did find a small note about writing she loved of that age and those four authors are the focus of her column.

The discussion of library book budgets is lively these days. So also is the discussion of e-books. Oddly, though, what hasn’t really been discussed, at least in  public, is the implications of how the impact of buying e-books vs. print books affects libraries’ customers. In Libraries: For Whom, Lauren Roberts wonders: Is their demographic changing, or are some going to be shortchanged?

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