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Rizzoli and Isles: The Books 

Hackett was not quoted directly in either report. There was no audio or video of him saying it. It was possible that the echo chamber of competing news reports had processed Mari’s claim into a reported fact, something that happens all too often in the scrum of a competitive news story.

Lost Girls, by Robert Kolker (HarperCollins, 2013)


Happy Halloween!

My Untranslatable Novel : Publishing Perspectives 

In order to write a novel about the differences between French and (American) English, and by extension, between French culture and American culture, I chose to make my heroine an accidental translator, a bilingual woman who runs away to Paris (the advantages of dual nationality), and happens into an under-the-table freelance job translating a mysterious erotic novel. That seemed like an intriguing premise, given the romantic stereotypes we have about the French. That the erotic novel is purple, grandiose, and badly written seemed like an opportunity to play around not only with language and translation, but with the words everyone wants to know in a foreign language: dirty words, slang. Plus, they’re funny.

Books to read: Foreign Tongue by Vanina Marsot

Nothing gives me the feeling of having been born several decades too late quite like the modern “literary” best seller. Give me a time-tested masterpiece or what critics patronizingly call a fun read—Sister Carrie or just plain Carrie. Give me anything, in fact, as long as it doesn’t have a recent prize jury’s seal of approval on the front and a clutch of precious raves on the back.


Harry Potter writer J. K. Rowling admits posing as male crime novelist

(Photo: Carl Court / AFP - Getty Images)

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has admitted posing as a retired policeman to write a crime novel that was praised by critics.

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Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve.

Carol Shields (via fleurishes)

(via Leaving the Atocha Station: Ben Lerner: 9781566892742: Amazon.com: Books)

Even though the reviews haven’t been so great, I might just have to read this.

In a longish life as a professional writer, I have heard a thousand masterpieces talked out over bars, restaurant tables and love seats. I have never seen one of them in print. Books must be written, not talked.

Morris L. West

Some Harry Potter Facts.

The first Harry Potter novel was published in 1998, the same year that the final Battle of Hogwarts take place. "I open at the close."
Snape hates Neville so much because Neville could have been the other Chosen One, meaning that Lily would have to survived.


Our bookish homage to 12/12/12.

Where the romance novels of Sandra Brown and ­Danielle Steel once enlivened the evenings of homemakers with stories of torrid encounters and impossible desire, and chick lit confirmed the me-first ethos of the first generation of fully empowered female professionals, maybe today’s twenty- or thirty-something reader is looking for the opposite: a reprieve from romantic and sexual freedom.
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