The Height of Nerdoscity

I’m a dork. Even worse, I’m a Facebook dork. And who can I tell but you, dear reader, that I’ve recently become one-FaceBook-friend-removed from James Frey.

I know. Who cares, right? But hey, this guy got literary tongues a waggin’ and for more than a blink too. Is he a big fat liar? When will his name cease to …

The LA Library (and the Little Readers) Need You

They’ve gone crazy again, those politicians. As if cutting funding to schools isn’t enough, they’re rummaging around in the library budgets to ensure an even more ignorant generation than the last.

Fret not! You can do your part to keep the books on the shelves and not sold off in a fire sale, for goodness sake. Here’s the entire appeal from …

Geraldine Brooks on the Destruction of Art

Recently, the always-insightful Michael Silverblatt interviewed Pulitzer-winner Geraldine Brooks, author of a new work of fiction, People of the Book.

They discussed the possible prevention of great cultural loss in the future as has been in the past. I wanted to transcribe this for you, as I find it to be most eloquent:

I think it comes down to whether or not we can bring people to appreciate that what unites us is greater than what divides us.

We don’t have a really …

News to Me: Tolstoy’s Not So Bad

Now I’ve done it. I’ve cracked the covers on the new translation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, one of the most daunting books there ever could be. I’ve slogged through the long-winded Russian before so I was prepared for this mountain to be climbed. I have to say, translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (with the help of a snazzy jacket) make this …