Gimbling in the Wabe – The View from Here

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Recently, there was a bit of hullabaloo and a great deal of chortling when rapper B.o.B. “dueled” over Twitter with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about the Earth being flat.  I had heard about it only tangentially until Tyson did a bit on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, as the first responder in [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Wherein I Talk to Lev Grossman About Something that You Might Not Expect

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You know the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover”?  Well, you shouldn’t judge an author by his publicity photo, either. Ever since I started reading Lev Grossman’s The Magicians modern fantasy trilogy, I’ve been a little scared of him.  Virtually every photo I saw of him showed a very serious, very intense young [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – A Peek Inside My Thoughts on Reviewing Books

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I truly enjoy writing book reviews, but I enjoy reading them, too.  My favorite part of the Sunday newspaper is the spread dedicated to book reviews, and often I end up heading over to the website of my local library with paper in hand, to place a request for at least one title that was [….]

Pamela Paul is Named New York Times Book Review Editor

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From JimRomenesko.com: Sam Tanenhaus is stepping down as New York Times Book Review editor to become writer at large. Children’s book editor Pamela Paul replaces him. “Her versatility as an editor and writer has strengthened the Book Review and many other sections, including the Magazine, Education Life and Sunday Styles, where she originated the biweekly [….]