Sunday, March 12, 2006

A mixed bag ...

... to say the least. Today The Inquirer did something unsual for an American newspaper: It actually expanded coverage of books. There's a full page of coverage in the Currents section, as well as a feature review by Inquirer book critic Carlin Romano off the front of Currents. Plus a couple of review in Arts & Entertainment. There were also podcasts with authors Lisa Scottoline and John Scalzi, but neither seems to have been linked to. Alas, alack! This happens when there is mor to do than people to do it.
At any rate, to make it easier - at least for those who visit this blog - here are links to all the reviews in today's Inquirer:

George De Stefano's An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America: Exploring the myth of the Mafia's grip.

John Scalzi's The Ghost Brigades: Futuristic commandos bond in a special way

Lisa Scottoline's Dirty Blonde: Scottoline's latest is entertainment at a clip

George Witte's The Apparitioners: A poet who makes subtle music with his words

Michael Rosenthal's Nicholas Miraculous: The Amazing Career of the Redoubtable Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler: Eminent anachronism of the 20th century

Gabrielle Zevin's Elsewhere: Young Adult Reader A story of death and rebirth that's funny and never mawkish

When the audio links are up, I'll link to them too.


  1. Loved, loved, loved the Witte review. But the last sentence is a bit chilling, no? Read *just one* poetry book a year? Who would do such a thing? :-)

    Kudos to the Inquirer for expanding book coverage.

  2. Well, Laurie, I couldn't restrict myself to one, but there are those who read none. They don't know what they're missing, of course.
    Glad you liked the review. You'd like the poems, too.