Last week New York Times executive editor Bill Keller
“Where are we gonna find those pieces—those neighborhood pieces?” Mr. Hajdu wondered. “I’m not inclined to over-romanticize or glorify the mundane, but what you’d find there in unexpected quarters of the City were wonderful surprises.”
Mr. Lopate, who has written profiles of architecture critic Read More
Yesterday was a proud day for the winners of the 2008 Pulitzer Prizes. But after the last of the champagne goes flat and their backs stop stinging from all that slapping, what do they do with themselves?
Comment on websites that make passing references to their work, of course. On Friday, Slate ran an Read More
THE TEN-CENT PLAGUE: THE GREAT COMIC-BOOK SCARE AND HOW IT CHANGED AMERICA
By David Hajdu
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 434 pages, $26
Earlier this month, a trendy bar in the East Village hosted what it billed as a “Nerd Nite” about the death of 1950’s horror comics, advertising the event with a Read More
We’ll always have Paris! In fact, in New York, we’ve got three of em! 1) That city in France to which your mysterious co-workers jet off and return with tales of the frisky little Beaujolais they discovered in the 19th arrondissement; 2) the boozy Paris Review soirées hosted by dapper George Plimpton and Read More
Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Fariña and Richard Fariña , by David Hajdu. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 328 pages, $25.
Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 1960s , by Nick Bromell. The University of Chicago Press, 225 pages, $22.50.
For those of us Read More
More publishers exist to perpetuate myths-about celebrity, self-help, money-making, politics, history-than to dispel them, Americans apparently preferring their book reading soft-core and, sometimes foolishly, trusting newspapers and other forms of journalism for factual information. It was in order to counter this trend that the journalist Lawrence Lifschultz and his wife, Rabia Ali, a scholar of Read More