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Monday, March 17 2014

In Defense Of ... Reading Books, Not E-Readers

Even if an e-reader might be more practical than a heavy book, there isn't an electronic screen on the planet that rivals the prestige attached to such a time-tested medium.


Friday, September 13 2013

‘Salinger’ and the Hard Sell

The documentary Salinger does a decent job of filling in the blanks of the writer's already examined life. What it doesn't do is answer the most important question surrounding the scribe's life. Why?


Monday, May 30 2011

Defending the Imperialist

Ours (Canadians) is not an in-your-face passion-filled ‘clutch your breast in pride’ existence. We are but a country of high hopes and slow lopes, of lofty dreams and starry visions, of mighty pragmatism and irreproachable logic.


Thursday, June 17 2010

Getting Inside the Book Review: How They Work & Why We Read Them

We've all done it -- bought a book based on a good review, passed over another because of a bad review. But why do reviews affect us? And how do they do it?


Tuesday, June 15 2010

Has the Internet Killed Professional Book Reviews?

Is the internet killing book reviews? Will blog reviews soon replace the long lengthy columns we've come to love in the New York Times? As a reviewer, will I no longer find neat, book-shaped packages in my mailbox?


Wednesday, April 14 2010

Too Much Pop Culture? A Look at Lise Haines’ Girl in the Arena

Do pop culture references in contemporary YA and literary fiction hinder the longevity and relevance of modern writing?


Thursday, April 1 2010

Penguin & the iPad: Taking Books to the Next Level, or Leaving Them in the Dust?

Apple's latest gadget, the iPad, hits shelves this weekend. There's been a lot of chatter on the interwebs and in the publishing world about how the shiny new tech may change the way we think of books.


Tuesday, March 9 2010

Creator: Various

In comics not everyone can write nor draw (nor ink, color nor letter). So, there will always be 'great' works that cannot be attributed to a single talented contributor.


Monday, October 12 2009

Are Comics Like Reading with Training Wheels?

Reading a comic requires multiple forms of literacy and levels of interpretation. Every movement from word to image and back again so as to create a coherent, narrative whole engages the reader’s brain in distinct ways.


Monday, June 22 2009

The Book of Cool by Marianne Taylor

In general, Taylor's writing is unflaggingly good-natured, but that doesn't seem to suit the subject matter, which trades in stereotypes and casual cruelty.


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