– A Weekly Post By Megan Shaffer
September 28, 2009
I love nothing more than a quiet Sunday morning. Hot coffee, quiet house, and hours to peruse the New York Times, The Detroit Free Press, and surf to my heart’s content. A book lover’s dream, Sunday holds the most current reviews, weekly bestseller lists, and articles of literary interest. Seeing as this happily takes the better part of my day, it usually isn’t until Monday morning that I can share the week’s latest and greatest with you.
COMMENTS AND CLARIFICATIONS
I wrote a Whimsy entry titled Def-initely Not Too Late about Def Poetry and the newly released Book of Rhymes by Adam Bradley. I loosely mentioned that his book “tanked” in the reviews based solely on the review in The New York Times. My apologies to Mr. Bradley for the blanket statement. I should clarify that this was my interpretation of the Time’s piece only, and stressed “review” in the singular.
Of National Interest
*BANNED BOOKS WEEK – LINK TO AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION (ALA) FOR EVENTS BOTH LOCAL AND NATIONWIDE
-It is certainly worth noting on both a national and local front that Michael Moore will release his documentary Capitalism: A Love Story on October 2nd. It was 20 years ago that Mr. Moore released Roger and Me, categorizing him as “…an irrepressible new humorist in the tradition of Mark Twain and Artemus Ward.”
-I know we are all exhausted by Bernie Madoff and stories of his unrelenting greed. Madoff’s Other Secret: Love, Money, Bernie, and Me, gives Sheryl Weinstein’s account of her “romantic entaglement” with the ill-reputed financier. Reviewed by the New York Times as “a relationship not so much remembered as embalmed”, one wonders if the Madoff-bilked Weinstein isn’t trying to recoup her losses.
-NPR aired two wonderful interviews with Francine Prose and E L Doctorow that should not be missed. Author Francine Prose (I’ve always loved that name) discusses her incredible new project Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife while E L Doctorow digs into his writing process behind his bang-up novel Homer & Langley (yes, I caved and bought it).
–Talking Head’s David Byrne has released a book titled Bicycle Diaries. A collection of Mr. Byrne’s travel entries. I’m more curious than interested and hope to post a blog on this book upon further investigation. See NYT’s review of Bicycle Diaries here.
-The Detroit Free Press has a great cover story in Sunday’s paper covering Mitch Albom’s upcoming book launch for Have a Little Faith: A True Story (see Readings and Events). His first non-fiction work since Tuesdays With Morrie, Albom calls it “…the most important thing I’ve ever written.” All proceeds from the Fox Theatre event will go to his charity S.A.Y. Detroit.