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Can writers retire?
May 27, 2014 | 9:53 am

writingThe much-publicized announcement by Philip Roth via an interview with the BBC that he will retire from both public appearances and the written word raises the interesting question of whether writers can actually do that? Roth already signed off the duties of actual writing some time earlier in 2012, and this latest declaration apparently precludes further public statements of any kind. "This is my last appearance on television, absolutely my last appearance on stage anywhere," Roth reportedly said to BBC presenter Alan Yentob. "I had reached the end. There was nothing more for me to write about." And Philip Roth can...

The Great Book Scandals of 2012
January 4, 2013 | 11:00 pm

  Books—staid and intellectual cultural artifacts that they so often are—were not all just staid or intellectual this year. Not nearly. There were, in fact, scandals, at least a few of them surrounding books and their authors and publishers, and there were times in which discussions of books and the business grew dramatic and tension-filled. Near-scandals! Other times, these conversations were simply very, very interesting, full of twists and turns, much like a good book. Remember when Philip Roth took on Wikipedia to clear up what he described as false perceptions of The Human Stain? (It was a big year for Philip Roth news altogether, really.) Or...

The screw you ebook deal
July 26, 2010 | 10:25 am

images.jpgEvery week it seems something new is happening in eBookland to set the ebook cause back a decade or two. Always at the forefront of the reversal of fortune is greed. This week’s menace to eBookland is literary agent Andrew Wylie and his new publishing venture Odyssey. Wylie could have summed up his actions in simple terms: to disserve both his clients and the ebook-buying public. What, you ask, did he do? He agreed to give Amazon exclusive rights for 2 years to his authors’ backlist titles; Wylie will publish the books and exclusively sell them through Amazon. The backlist includes...