- The co-founder of the New York Review of Books, Barbara Epstein, died on Friday at the age of 76.
- The Oxford University Press blog has a personal response to Donald Hall's selection as Poet Laureate by David Lehman, editor of the Oxford Book of American Poetry, which included several poems by Hall.
The blog also features essays such as this one from historian Glenn W. LaFantasie, author of Gettysburg Requiem: The Life and Lost Causes of Confederate Colonel William C. Oates. Definitely worth a look.
- Slate celebrates its tenth anniversary. My, they grow up fast these days.
Make sure to read Michael Kinsley's history of the online magazine, if only to be reminded of such dear, departed names as Talk, Brill's Content, and Current. Remember those? Seems like ages ago...
- With the kids out of school for the summer, concerned parents want to find a worthy antidote to having their children sit around the house playing video games and watching DVDs all day. And while some might suggest that sitting around reading a book is still sitting around and thus no healthier, book purists will undoubtedly counter that at least books aren't "poisoning" children's minds. This matter is open to wild and fervent debate.
If, however, one sides with the "books are better" camp, then here's a helpful guide to summer reading for kids from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Suggested titles include picture books like Penelope Nuthatch and the Big Surprise by David Gavril; chapter books like The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, and Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer; some nonfiction titles, including The Life Cycles of Butterflies by Judy Burris and Wayne Richards; and such highly praised books for teens as King Dork by Frank Portman and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
- More summer reading recommendations, this time aimed at adults, from NPR:
- Also on NPR, 2006 Tournament of Books finalist Sam Lipsyte recommends Stanley Elkin's The Living End.
- And still more summer reading lists, this time from Dave Eggers, Monica Ali, A. S. Byatt, Sarah Waters...
- What Edith Wharton would do to build buzz in today's marketplace.
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