The Teacher’s Guide to Spying by Daniel Abbott: “My name’s Fox. Augustus Fox. Or Gus to my friends. English teacher, part time carer for an autistic brother, a really rather amateur poker player, and soon to be something of a reluctant spy. When a recently arrived Russian gangster asks me to privately tutor his son, MI5 come calling and I soon find myself caught up in a web of lies and deceit – and not even allowed to blog about it.” (February 2013)
Gatsby’s Grand Adventures by Barbara Cairns & illustrated by Eugene Ruble: “Introducing Gatsby, the gallery cat, who loves exploring famous paintings at night. When he forgets to jump out before dawn, strange things happen to Winslow Homer’s ‘Snap the Whip.’ Children who enjoy animals and art will learn about an artist’s work through the adventures of a mischievous cat.” (November 2012)
The Christmas Cottage by Samantha Chase: “Lacey Quinn did not believe in happily ever after or the legend of the Christmas cottage. As maid of honor for her best friend Ava, her duties included decorating the cottage for the newlyweds. It was a simple enough task, but she hadn’t counted on sexy Ean Callahan, the bride-to-be’s brother, to be assisting her. Spending the evening ensconced in the overly romantic setting while a blizzard howls outside has Lacey wondering if fairy tales really do come true…” (November 2012)
Fox News CEO Roger Ailes got a biography this month, Roger Ailes: Off Camera.
TVNewser covered the book and its reception among critics and television news personalities. Check it out:
Zev Chafets, is making the TV news rounds this week to promote the book. The book was also reviewed by the New York Times‘ Michiko Kakutani, and not positively: ‘For the most part Mr. Chafets serves as little more than a plastic funnel for Mr. Ailes’s observations — much as he did for Rush Limbaugh in his 2010 book ‘Rush Limbaugh: Army of One.’”
“God was not dead, but the Muse was extremely unwell,” wrote Renata Adler in Speedboat, describing literary and film criticism in the 1970s.
New York Review Books will republish the book tomorrow (March 19), bringing the classic book back into print. The book collects a series of thoughts and episodes in the life of a journalist in New York City. Her sharp criticism of book and movie reviews still apply more than 35 years later:
The physical-assault metaphor had taken over the reviews. “Guts,” never much of a word outside the hunting season, was a favorite noun in literary prose. People were said to have or to lack them, to perceive beauty and make moral distinctions in no other place. “Gut-busting” and “gut-wrenching” were accolades. “Nerve-shattering,” “eye-popping,” “bone-crunching”—the responsive critic was a crushed, impaled, electrocuted man. “Searing” was lukewarm. Anything merely spraining or tooth-extracting would have been only a minor masterpiece. “Literally,” in every single case, meant figuratively; that is, not literally. This film will literally grab you by the throat. This book will literally knock you out of your chair. “Presently” always meant not soon but now.
Food of Ghosts by Marianne Wheelaghan: “Nothing ever happens on Tarawa, a coral atoll in the middle of the Pacific. Then a mutilated body is found in a children’s nursery hut. Detective Sergeant Louisa Townsend from Edinburgh is on the island, helping train local police officers in basic detecting skills. She is asked to find the killer and jumps at the chance to be in charge of her first murder investigation.” (November 2012)
Sticks, Stones, and Dragon Bones by Evelyn Ink: “A door that leads nowhere… A key to open it. A map of a land that doesn’t exist, and a monster that does.” (October 2012)
Dear Tiz by Aslaug Gørbitz: “This story is about two seventeen year old girls who live in two different centuries. They are connected in ways they have yet to discover. The men in their lives are chivalrous and honorable, not to mention multi-ethnic – the Italian, the Irishman, the American Indian and the Norwegian. There is true love, adventure, pioneering and a little magic involved. No wait, maybe it is the hand of God.” (January 2013)
Behind the Tears by Marita A. Hansen: “Everyone sees Ash as the toughest of the Rata brothers, the tall, tattooed man who is untouchable. But not many know of his past, of a tormented youth, which almost saw him take his own life.” (February 2013)
VIDA: Women in Literary Arts have released a report entitled “Vida Count 2012″ revealing that male writers still outnumbered female writers in a number of major literary publications last year. Follow this link to see a three-year comparison.
This report tracks the statistics of gender balance among writers published at literary magazines around the country. They also looked at authors reviewed, book reviewers, and interviews at certain publications. The book review count included Harper’s (book reviews written by 3 women, 28 men), The New York Review of Books (book reviews written by 215 men, 40 women) and The New York Times Book Review (book reviews written by 327 women, 400 men). Here’s more from the report:
Let’s look at a few venues that have held steady or made calculable strides towards shaping a more egalitarian literary landscape via gender. The Boston Review, with its slightly heavier load of male reviewers, has made a dramatic improvement proportionately of who they review since we began. Threepenny is taking a slow but steady approach with incremental yearly steps up from 29 to 34 to 36.5% women published respectively. Poetry remains the most consistently equitable in its publishing practices, reaching a 45% height of women published in 2012: look to the poets! … We hope their editors will take notice and figure out how to make lasting strides as they proceed with their consideration practices into the rest of 2013. Publishers have also begun to take it upon themselves to publicly account for their own numbers. Places like Harvard Review, Drunken Boat and Tin House are counting their authors each year. We do not think the significant jump in female authors reviewed at Tin House is temporary; they have bared the change in their attention and practices for the public record. Readers and writers, please take note.
Matrimony & Meatballs by Joyce Greco: “Victoria Delgrico, having spent a lifetime perfecting the art of avoiding extended family finds herself facing a unique opportunity when her son asks her to host his surprise Buddhist wedding. Hoping to watch the family self destruct once and for all, Victoria invites everyone to whom she cannot deny a genetic link into the sanctity of her home, relishing the possibilities. But soon after the games begin Victoria has an epiphany.” (September 2012)
The Queen of Broken Hearts by Patricia Gordon: “When a lonely maiden named Corona wishes for Cupid’s arrow to lead her to the love she has always yearned for, the real Cupid accidentally pierces her heart with one of his love arrows at the wrong time, causing her to split into ghostly forms of good and evil. It doesn’t take long for Corona’s dark side to wreak havoc on others because if she can’t be happy, no one can. In a race against time, Cupid and his friends must try to save an enchanted land from the bitterness of one broken heart.” (December 2012)
The American Bride by Karla Darcy: “Cara continually falls under the scrutiny of Julian who despite his married state can’t take his eyes off the woman he doesn’t know is his bride. She infuriates him and yet he finds his life and the lives of his wards are totally involved with this American upstart.” (November 2012)
Drugs, Crime and Violence: From Trafficking to Treatment by Howard Rahtz: “Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon declared a ‘war on drugs.’ Since that time, the country has incarcerated thousands of citizens and spent billions of dollars, and yet the drug problem rolls on.” (August 2012)