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Now Read This! Culture vs. Commerce— and a Quiz

Posted on 02/26/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIs it fair to separate “commercial” novels from “literary” ones? If anyone can answer that question it’s 10-book author Meredith Maran, whose new anthology Why We Write features essays by everyone from Sue Grafton and David Baldacci to Ann Patchett and Walter Mosley. “I chose the authors to include as if they were wines being paired,” Maran told me. “If you like Jennifer Egan [A Visit from the Goon Squad], for example, you might also like to read Jodi Picoult.” Maran’s …

Do Book Readings Change Your Author Experience?

Posted on 02/21/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIs the book experience displacing the book review? Someone wondered that recently on Twitter, and it got me thinking about the differences between reading an author on the page and hearing his or her words in person. In an industry not renowned for efficiency, author readings are a highly effective form of “targeted marketing.” Any number of motives spur attendees to buy: They may collect signed editions, or enjoy rubbing elbows with boldface names, or simply feel obligated (friends of …

Jane Glenn Haas: the Sage of Aging

Posted on 01/29/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyBack in the 1980s,  I moved to California to work at the Orange County Register, where, at the time, the real estate beat was covered by a woman named Jane Glenn Haas. I never knew her very well, but she seemed like one of those old-fashioned  newspaper reporters, the ones who’d been cultivating sources for so long that she could dig up more insights by thumbing her Rolodex than I probably could from Google today. On one of my first shifts …

Zig Ziglar: 5 Pearls of Wisdom From the ‘Salesman’s Salesman’

Posted on 11/28/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyZig Ziglar was to success what Chuck Taylor was to basketball sneakers and what Chubby Checker was to The Twist. The motivational speaker and author, who died on Nov. 28 at age 86 in a suburb of Dallas, didn’t invent confidence-building aphorisms or the positive-thinking worldview that success comes more from will, determination and systematic effort than from privilege, genius or sheer luck. But Ziglar, the author of books such as Secrets of Closing the Sale, did more than build on the work …

Jacques Barzun: 5 of the Greatest Books He Wrote After Age 60

Posted on 10/26/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyJacques Barzun was one of the great thinkers of the past century — a scholar who, in a remarkable eight-decades-long career, wrote dozens of books and analyzed subjects ranging from classical music to detective fiction, and from Jonathan Swift to baseball. Barzun, who died yesterday in San Antonio at age 104, is best remembered for a book that, amazingly, he published in 2000 at age 92: From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life From 1500 to the …