• The New Republic profiles bestselling author Michael Crichton, environmental science advisor to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and self-appointed debunker of global warming. “Crichton’s ravings on the subject might be excusable as just a bad case of authorial self-promotion — were it not for the fact that he can now count among his millions of readers the president of the United States,” says Michael Crowley. (Via Bookslut.)
  • Ten years ago, Bernard Malamud’s daughter, Janna Malamud Smith, wrote a book about about “the importance of privacy in a culture of talk shows and tabloid journalism.” Now she’s written a memoir about her famous father’s private life. “[S]he reveals not only how deeply autobiographical his novels were, but also the fact that he had an extramarital affair with one of his Bennington College students.”
  • Before she boarded a train to Auschwitz, Denise Epstein’s mother gave Epstein a suitcase. It contained “a novel that, since its publication last year in France, has been hailed as the French War and Peace.”
  • Mark Thwaite, whose Ready Steady Book recently garnered praise in the Observer, offers this four-word report on the London Book Fair: “horrid; massive; corporate; bonkers.”
  • In September 1922, Harvard announced a new application form “designed to filter out Jews.” On the same day, newspaper clippings show, the Lord visited a plague of flies upon the Cambridge area.


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