They Might Have Been Giants
Three lost classics that should have made it into the literary canon
The snow is ascending up the wall, threatening to hit my kitchen windowsill. Cleveland, where I live, recorded the second snowiest January ever, and I awoke this morning to six more fluffy inches.
What better companion for the snowbound..
Ending the Tyranny of Expensive Textbooks
BookSwim gives students a Netflix-style alternative to buying exorbitant textbooks
A few weeks ago I put in book orders for my Spring semester classes at Oberlin College. Before I did so, I checked to see how much they cost. This is a new habit of mine, ever since I published a paperback textbook for..
Books Are the New Cars
Major publishing houses follow American automakers into financial abyss
One would think that when those catchwords of the season, "massive layoffs" and "drastic restructuring," came to book publishing, the media would come up with a more original, literate nomenclature than "Black Wednesday." But that's..
Judge a Book by Its Cover
Publishers should think artistically when packaging novels
I am a book snob. Not your standard, "I won't read trashy chick lit" snob-I weep over a forgettable title on the occasional Sunday night--but rather I am an "I want only a nice edition," snob. (Think "The Princess and the Pea," with books in..
The Brilliance of Breakdowns
Art Spiegelman and the coming of age of comics
Comic strips are clambering up the hierarchical ladder of art. This surge comes after decades of being deemed a déclassé diversion for children who need pictures sprinkled in with their words. Cartoonists claim theirs is an art as masterful as any other...