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Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Beller’

Amazon To Publish Biography of Jesus

Amazon Publishing will release a short biography of Jesus written by Jay Parini, part of the publisher’s new Icons series of short biographies.

Penguin Lives editor James Atlas and senior editor Ed Park will edit the series, launching with ten titles on a bi-monthly schedule. The $3.99 Kindle edition and $12 hardcover of Jesus: The Human Face of God will be available in December. Here’s more from the release:

The first ten books in the series are Jesus by Jay PariniStalin by Paul JohnsonLucian Freud by Phoebe HobanJ.D. Salinger by Thomas Beller, Poe by Paul CollinsVan Gogh by Julian BellHemingway by Mark KurlanskyDavid Lynch by Dennis LimHannah Arendt by Anne Heller, and Hitchcock by Michael Wood.

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NY Times to End Stand-Alone City Section; Writers Mourn

5101TH8JJTL._SL500_AA240_.jpgThe NY Times will soon close the stand-alone City Section–home to quirky, elegant essays about different corners of the city. In a NY Observer article, writers around the country mourned the passing including Thomas Beller, Sloane Crosley, and David Hajdu.

While the stand-alone section is gone, some of the reporting will be included in the paper’s Metro section. Many of these great stories were collected in “New York Stories: The Best of the City Section of the New York Times,” which can be found here.

Author Phillip Lopate had strong feelings about the section: “The prose style was on a higher level than that kind of excessively casual, ‘We’re all fascinated with rap stars’ kind of writing …. Part of the problem is, looking at it from a larger perspective, that The Times has so much talent in these slightly older editors. They’re just so scared of a graying demographic that they keep wanting to get younger and hipper.”