DISNEY+ DEBUTS NEW TRAILER, POSTER & STILLS FOR “OLAF PRESENTS”

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Disney+ and Walt Disney Animation Studios unveiled plans for a new series of shorts starring the snowman-turned-storyteller, Olaf, as he recreates moments from Disney Animation classics “The Little Mermaid,” “Moana,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin” and “Tangled.” Check out the trailer, poster and stills, and feel free to share with your… Read More »DISNEY+ DEBUTS NEW TRAILER, POSTER & STILLS FOR “OLAF PRESENTS”

Colors in Conversation

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In our all-or-nothing culture, creative work is too often either apotheosized or ignored. You’re a rock star or you’re nothing. The public has little appetite for nuance. This makes it difficult to write about the achievement of Joan Mitchell, who was born in 1925, grew… Read More »Colors in Conversation

The Wages of Virtue

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About two thirds of the way through Pride and Prejudice, just as Elizabeth Bennet has begun to conquer her bias against the arrogant Mr. Darcy, and even to like him rather a lot, disaster strikes. A letter from her sister Jane informs Elizabeth of their… Read More »The Wages of Virtue

Egypt: Lost Possibilities

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I intended this essay, successively, to coincide with various recent events: the death of a president, the launch of a book, the anniversary of a revolution. That I failed to deliver on each of those occasions was the result of something of a blind spot:… Read More »Egypt: Lost Possibilities

Rousseau & Slavery

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To the Editors: In his review of Tyler Stovall’s White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea [NYR, September 23], David A. Bell wrongly states that “Jean-Jacques Rousseau did not mention European colonies in his abstract condemnation of slavery in The Social Contract.” In fact,… Read More »Rousseau & Slavery

The Double Bookkeeper

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“The trouble with the police force,” said Arthur Gerard, the private eye in Strangers on a Train, “is that it has a single-track mind. This case, like many others, took a double-track mind. Simply couldn’t have been solved without a double-track mind.” Writing, for Patricia… Read More »The Double Bookkeeper

‘This Obstinate Little Man’

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“A tiny, thick-set little man with white hair—a Pickwickian cherub.” This was Richard Crossman’s first impression in 1946 of David Ben-Gurion. As head of the Jewish Agency, the executive branch of the Zionist Organization, Ben-Gurion appeared before the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry assessing the situation… Read More »‘This Obstinate Little Man’

Claw & Order

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Every fall in the state of Maryland, where I live, hunters bearing rifles, shotguns, handguns, longbows, crossbows, and other sanctioned culling devices kill about 80,000 white-tailed deer. That “harvest” puts a significant dent in the average statewide deer population of 200,000-plus, but because a doe… Read More »Claw & Order

Let the Decision Stand

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Almost thirty years ago, in 1992, the Supreme Court appeared poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, its 1973 decision declaring that women have a constitutional right to have an abortion. Since 1985 the Reagan administration had been urging the Court to reverse Roe, and the… Read More »Let the Decision Stand

The Future Is Electric

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If you’re looking for faint gray linings to a very dark cloud, there is, I suppose, one slight benefit of humanity’s three-decade delay in dealing with climate change: we get to see the dimensions of the problem quite starkly because it looms so large. The… Read More »The Future Is Electric

Out of Savannastan

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In 1863 the biologist T.H. Huxley proposed an African origin for humanity. Known as “Darwin’s bulldog” for his ferocious defense of Darwin’s evolutionary theory, he had been struck by the distribution in Africa of our nearest living relatives, the common chimpanzee and the gorilla. (The… Read More »Out of Savannastan

At the Rustic Hamlet Built in 1783 for Marie Antoinette, Last Queen of France

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            No tourists.Water turning a mill wheel,            serving nothing but artifice.             I am a servantto order and erotic love.            Soon to be             yours.You take a picture            of me by a trellis,             both of us failingat the vernacular style.            In the Temple of the God             of Love, a nakedboy clutches an… Read More »At the Rustic Hamlet Built in 1783 for Marie Antoinette, Last Queen of France

‘I Work and I Remember’

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Lawrence Joseph is a lawyer-poet (since 2003 a law professor at St. John’s University), a Catholic poet, a metropolitan-and-other-hyphenates poet. He was born in Detroit in 1948, his grandparents Lebanese and Syrian Catholics who arrived in the first wave of Arab immigration to the city,… Read More »‘I Work and I Remember’

Writing the Other America

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At one point in Elizabeth Strout’s 2016 novel My Name Is Lucy Barton, the narrator, a successful writer living in Manhattan, recalls the time she was introduced at her wedding reception by her elegant mother-in-law, Catherine. Speaking to one of the guests, Catherine said, “This… Read More »Writing the Other America

A Halo of Nostalgia

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In December 1905 Richard Strauss’s opera Salome—blasphemous and obscene in its libretto, fiercely dissonant in its music—had its scandalous premiere in Dresden, and Franz Lehár’s operetta The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe) was first performed in Vienna. Salome offered the shock of the modern in… Read More »A Halo of Nostalgia

Not to Be

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In the middle of a gusty October three years ago, The New York Times published an obituary under the headline “Sue Hubbell, Who Wrote of Bees and Self-Reliance, Dies at 83.” The story is charming and noble in equal measure, the account of a woman… Read More »Not to Be

October 2021 New Releases

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Welcome to October, readers! We can’t wait to show off our list of new novels this month…as well as their lovely covers, hinting at the stories inside. We hope that you’re intrigued enough to check them out and read the first chapters by clicking on… Read More »October 2021 New Releases

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Production Company Will Produce The Biopic About The Boxer Willie Pep

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Appian Way Productions (which was founded by one and only Leonardo DiCaprio), Golden Ratio Films, and Blisspoint Entertainment joined forces to make a biopic about the legendary professional boxer Guglielmo Papaleo, better known as Willie Pep, Variety reports. For those who don’t know, Pep (born in… Read More »Leonardo DiCaprio’s Production Company Will Produce The Biopic About The Boxer Willie Pep

Books that came out in the UK/Ireland that are eligible for this year’s Elementary/Middle Grade Cybils Awards

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 For the first time, the panel of first round readers for the Cybils Awards includes someone from the other side of the pond–Valinora Troy, a writer from Ireland (it’s great to have you, Valinora!).  Now that most of the review copies publishers send us panelists… Read More »Books that came out in the UK/Ireland that are eligible for this year’s Elementary/Middle Grade Cybils Awards

Book Fetish: Volume 477

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Welcome to Book Fetish: Volume 477, your weekly round up of bookish clothing, art, accessories, reading tools, and more from around the web! Halloween Card ($5): Send some Halloween greetings with this cute bookish card! Diversify Yo Shelf Enamel Pin ($10): Always a good message… Read More »Book Fetish: Volume 477

Revisiting THE WORST WITCH

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If you’ve been enjoying The Worst Witch on Netflix for the last few seasons, it may come as a surprise to you that the show has a long history, starting with the publication of The Worst Witch in 1974. Author Jill Murphy’s first several books… Read More »Revisiting THE WORST WITCH

On Monsters by Anne Ursu

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I have a fair few monsters in the books I’ve written, and something I’ve noticed about them is that monsters tend to crawl out of places societies have tried to keep hidden. After the Brett Kavanaugh hearings I desperately needed to find something to say… Read More »On Monsters by Anne Ursu

Bookouture sign Dianne Haley

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We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Publishing Executive Rhianna Louise has acquired World rights for two incredible historical novels from Dianne Haley.  Set in Switzerland during World War Two, the first will publish in April 2022 and tells the story of Resistance fighter Valérie,… Read More »Bookouture sign Dianne Haley

A Different Pond by Bao Phi

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A Different Pond by Bao Phi Publisher: Capstone Young Readers Genre: Middle Grade (8 – 12 y.o.), Children’s (0 – 6 y.o.), Historical Rating: 5 Stars Reviewed by Astilbe A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event – a long-ago fishing trip.… Read More »A Different Pond by Bao Phi

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,864: Elite Squad Trooper (The Black Series 6-Inch)

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ELITE SQUAD TROOPER 6-Inch DebutThe Black Series 2020 Line Look Dark Red Star Wars: The Bad Batch PackagingItem No.: Asst. E8908 No. F2960 Manufacturer: HasbroNumber: #03 – Star Wars: The Bad BatchIncludes: BlasterAction Feature: n/aRetail: $19.99Availability: February 2021Appearances: Star Wars: The Bad Batch Bio: After… Read More »Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,864: Elite Squad Trooper (The Black Series 6-Inch)

Galactic Figure Talk Episode 71: Bring Home The Bounty, Brian Goldner, Retro Collection Mando Wave 2

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This episode features the Bring Home The Bounty marketing campaign, Hasbro’s second wave of Mandalorian themed Retro Collection figures and the passing of Hasbro’s CEO Brian Goldner. Contact Information: Website | iTunes | Facebook The post Galactic Figure Talk Episode 71: Bring Home The Bounty,… Read More »Galactic Figure Talk Episode 71: Bring Home The Bounty, Brian Goldner, Retro Collection Mando Wave 2

Audio Book Review: Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P.W. Singer, August Cole

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This is an interesting, scary, ‘future war’ possibility. Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World WarWritten By: P.W. Singer, August Cole Narrated By: Rich Orlow Duration: 14 hours 28 minutesPublisher: Recorded Books Genre: Military, Political Fiction, TechnothrillersMy Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0;… Read More »Audio Book Review: Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P.W. Singer, August Cole

THE ENCANTO

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Mega-rich tycoon Evan York, 67, has spared no expense or trouble to track down a Mayan relic he calls the Encanto. But something goes wrong during the handover, and the seller, Luis Luna, is later found dead, beaten to death with a baseball bat by… Read More »THE ENCANTO