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“You’d think, after centuries of printing and selling them, book industry professionals would understand how the business works.”

A roundup of the conversation on NBCC re: saving the book review.

I suspect this is a b-side of his Mothers and Sons collection. (What’s the book world word for a b-side?, she asked, feeling a little silly.)

“Modern America compares only to ancient Greece and 20th-century fascist regimes in its obsession with bodily beauty and adds that ‘in the context of most of human history, our idea that a good life includes a lot of physical exercise is bizarre.'”

Why shouldn’t children’s books have politics?

The tabloids loved them, and for a time the group was flooded with the kind of publicity that drug-taking rock stars and anorexic models receive today.”