Last week the National Book Award finalists were announced. In every category, five books were named. Then, a day after the first announcement, a sixth book was named in the Young People’s Literature category. The National Book Foundation explained that a book that was supposed to be a named finalist, Chime, by Franny Billingsley, had not been included but would now be added. Although the foundation made no public statement to clarify the origins of its mistake, it became immediately apparent to onlookers that Chime shared a vowel sound with one of the nominees, Shine, by Lauren Myracle. Speculation that the books had been confused was rampant, but the National Book Foundation did not confirm it — that is, until today. Read More
At the end of August, New Republic editor-in-chief Martin Peretz apologized to Liza Minnelli for something he wrote. Well, he didn’t actually really write it but he was quoting somebody. Anyway, it was mean! And, by the way, on topic of Ms. Minnelli, “what an exemplary private life she has had,” Mr. Peretz wrote. Read More
New Republic editor-in-chief Martin Peretz said something sort of mean about Liza Minnelli yesterday and then took it back this morning.