The Book Nook Gone

from The Newark Advocate

The story is ending for The Book Nook

NEWARK — Bookworms in Licking County will have to find a new place for new and used books.

After close to 40 years in Newark, The Book Nook, 225 S. 21st St., is expected to close its doors for the last time Sunday.

The independent bookstore was started in Newark in the early 1970s and offered used and new books and collectors’ items.

“We didn’t want to close it,” said owner Pat Luckeydoo. “But it was something we had to do.”

Luckeydoo, 60, said she is ready to retire and was unable to find anyone who wanted to buy the store. Closing the store went from being a last resort to a necessary decision, she said.

“We will definitely miss the customers,” she said. “I’d like them to know they were very special to us.”

Luckeydoo first visited The Book Nook to buy “The Baby-sitters Club” books with her daughter, Michelle Petellier.

Around 2001, Petellier and her friend, Melinda Hicks, bought the store from its previous owner. Several years later, Luckeydoo took over ownership.

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Adrienne Rich Gone

from The New York Times

A Poet of Unswerving Vision at the Forefront of Feminism

Neal Boenzi/The New York Times


Adrienne Rich, a poet of towering reputation and towering rage, whose work — distinguished by an unswerving progressive vision and a dazzling, empathic ferocity — brought the oppression of women and lesbians to the forefront of poetic discourse and kept it there for nearly a half-century, died on Tuesday at her home in Santa Cruz, Calif. She was 82.

The cause was complications of rheumatoid arthritis, with which she had lived for most of her adult life, her family said.

Widely read, widely anthologized, widely interviewed and widely taught, Ms. Rich was for decades among the most influential writers of the feminist movement and one of the best-known American public intellectuals. She wrote two dozen volumes of poetry and more than a half-dozen of prose; the poetry alone has sold nearly 800,000 copies, according to W. W. Norton & Company, her publisher since the mid-1960s.

Triply marginalized — as a woman, a lesbian and a Jew — Ms. Rich was concerned in her poetry, and in her many essays, with identity politics long before the term was coined.

She accomplished in verse what Betty Friedan, author of “The Feminine Mystique,” did in prose. In describing the stifling minutiae that had defined women’s lives for generations, both argued persuasively that women’s disenfranchisement at the hands of men must end.

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NUMBER FOUR Joins Battle Of The Books

from Leesburg Today

Six Schools Advance In Battle Of The Books

It was a battle of book lovers Thursday morning, as Loudoun high school students competed in the 7th Annual Battle of the Books Semi-Finals.

High school teams were broken into three divisions, with Potomac Falls High School hosting the eastern competition; Stone Bridge High School the host site for the central competition; and Tuscarora High School hosting the western schools. Potomac Falls, Dominion, Broad Run and Park View competed in the eastern semi-finals; Stone Bridge, Briar Woods and Freedom in the central semis; and Tuscarora, Douglass School, Loudoun County, Loudoun Valley and Woodgrove in the west.

Students from the competing teams were asked questions from a selection of books. A certain amount of points were given for each correct answer. Five rounds consisted of 10 questions each.

The books in the battle were: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott; Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson; Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel; The Help by Kathryn Stockett; The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent; I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore; Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp; Morpheus Road, The Light by D.J. MacHale; Mockingbird by Kathryn Erksine; and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien.

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Bert Sugar Gone

from Associated Press via Yahoo! News

Boxing writer Bert Sugar dies of cardiac arrest

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. (AP) — Bert Sugar, an iconic boxing writer and sports historian who was known for his trademark fedora and ever-present cigar, died Sunday of cardiac arrest. He was 75.

Jennifer Frawley, Sugar’s daughter, said his wife, Suzanne, was by his side when he died at Northern Westchester Hospital. Sugar also had been battling lung cancer.

“Just his intelligence and his wit and his sense of humor,” Frawley said when asked what she will remember about her father. “He was always worried about people. He was always helping people.”

Sugar was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005. According to the hall’s website, Sugar wrote more than 80 books, including “The 100 Greatest Boxers Of All Time.” He also appeared in a handful of films, including “The Great White Hype” starring Samuel Jackson.

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Studio Peckinpah To Be Razed and Replaced With Boring

from The Los Angeles Times

Storied West Hollywood studio buildings to be demolished

The studio lot, once owned by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, has had many names and housed many productions over the years. Its new owner intends to raze and replace several buildings.

By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times

Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks worked there. So did Charlie ChaplinMarilyn Monroe,Elizabeth TaylorClark GableMarlon Brando and practically everyone else.

Soon, though, wrecking crews will be at work at the storied West Hollywood movie lot at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue.

Once known as the Warner Hollywood Studio, it’s now called “The Lot.” Its new owner, CIM Group, intends to raze its aging wooden office buildings and sound-dubbing stages and replace them with glass-and-steel structures.

According to West Hollywood planning officials, the first phase of work involves the demolition of the studio’s Pickford Building — built in 1927 and remodeled in 1936 — and Goldwyn Building, which was built in 1932 and is used for sound editing.

Later phases will involve the removal of the studio’s Writers Building, Fairbanks Building and Editorial Building and a block-long row of production offices that line Santa Monica Boulevard. Replacement buildings will rise to six stories.

The redevelopment plans have riled many in the entertainment industry, particularly those who know the studio from past film shoots and television programs.

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Teens Are Embracing E-books

from Publisher’s Weekly

Are Teens Embracing E-books? 

By Karen Springen

A recent PubTrak survey from R.R. Bowker indicated that teens remain reluctant when it comes to e-books. Accustomed to social media, they find that electronic stories have “too many restrictions,” according to the report. But many industry players—agents, booksellers, publishers, and authors—are saying just the opposite: digital sales are booming for YA fiction.

As evidence, over the recent holiday season Barnes & Noble sold five times as many YA e-titles as print ones online, says Jim Hilt, v-p of e-books for the chain. And at Amazon, there was a similar trend: “YA e-books are growing even faster than e-books overall in the Kindle Store,” Russ Grandinetti, v-p of Kindle Content, told PW in an e-mail.

As for the dreaded cannibalization of print, it does not appear to be happening in YA. “The whole pie grows,” says Hilt. “There’s a lot more evidence that users are going back and forth between digital and physical. People are now buying more books when they become digital readers. The key is to have the book available in all formats.”

About six weeks before some of its YA novels come out, Harper-Collins offers a “browse inside,” with free samples of 20% of the content. “We push it out everywhere,” says Diane Naughton, v-p of integrated marketing for HarperCollins. Last year, for example, the publisher ran the Dark Days of Supernatural promotion for 11 new YA books, with an online ad campaign, a video, and a Web site that linked readers to the program’s Twitter feed and Facebook page (with author tour information, among other things).

The publisher also publishes short novellas as extras. Before The Power of Six, the second book in Pittacus Lore’s I Am Number Four series, HarperCollins put out a $4.99 digital short that gave some backstory about the characters.

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Beautiful, Artistic, Cool and Recycled

from The San Jose Mercury News

Amazing wooden bicycles: beautiful, artistic, cool and recycled

By Bruce Newman

Bill Holloway and Mauro Hernandez pose with their hand built wooden bicycles at their San Jose, Calif. shop. The pair run Masterworks Wood and Design. Utilizing their skills in traditional wood working, they have created “art that you can ride”. (Gary Reyes/ Staff)

We are surprising slaves to conformity when it comes to the materials used to make things. An armoire made of bicycle parts? That would just be silly. But what about a bicycle made from an armoire? As it turns out, a bike hewn out of wood is a ride that some people pine for.

For the most part, form has rigidly followed function in bicycle design, with increasingly featherweight wonders forged out of materials ranging from aluminum to titanium. But a pair of San Jose woodworkers — one a self-taught genius, the other his interpreter to the real world — are turning recycled Honduran mahogany, cherry and maple hardwoods into cycling’s most splendid splinters.

At Masterworks Wood and Design, Bill Holloway, 49, and Mauro Hernandez, 33, are an artistic odd couple who have carved out a unique place for themselves in cycling’s peloton. They have built 10 bikes — all cruisers, with a pedicab in the works — that are made almost entirely of wood, and look like a Harley enthusiast’s idea of an elaborate weathervane. The original sapling in this fleet fleet, called the Defender, is their entry-level model and costs $5,500. Other models, such as the Interceptor, which has a pirate theme, and the Cherry Bomb, with flames carved out of wood, run as much as $7,500.

The bikes are considered “green” because the wood used to make them is not. The pair spend countless hours tracking down the most beautiful used woods they can find and repurposing them for their rolling works of art.

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Wandering Brains Are Keener

from The Telegraph UK

Children whose minds wander ‘have sharper brains’

The discovery is particularly significant as the prefrontal cortex is an area of the brain said to be key to what makes us humanThe results appear to confirm previous research that found working memory allows humans to juggle multiple thoughts simultaneously Photo: CORBIS

A study has found that people who appear to be constantly distracted have more “working memory”, giving them the ability to hold a lot of information in their heads and manipulate it mentally.

Children at school need this type of memory on a daily basis for a variety of tasks, such as following teachers’ instructions or remembering dictated sentences.

During the study, volunteers were asked to perform one of two simple tasks during which researchers checked to ask if the participants’ minds were wandering.

At the end, participants measured their working memory capacity by their ability to remember a series of letters interspersed with simple maths questions.

Daniel Levinson, a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States, said that those with higher working memory capacity reported “more mind wandering during these simple tasks”, but their performance did not suffer.

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Rowley & Powers Do Warhol

from The New York Times

Everywhere at Once

Kirsten Luce for The New York Times

Cynthia Rowley, left, and Bill Powers between parties. More Photos »

THE runway presentation at the futuristic IAC Building on the West Side Highway had gone off without a hitch. The boldface guests had come backstage and said their congratulations — Rebecca Romijn, Lauren Bush, Kelly Rutherford and Allison Sarofim among them. The news media had done interviews, and the staff was headed to Acme, the new NoHo hot spot.

After months of preparation, Cynthia Rowley had a moment to breathe. Or so she thought, as she guzzled a mini-bottle of prosecco.

“We should get over to the party now,” said Bill Powers, her husband, who had been working the event like something between a ringmaster and proud father. “Ready?”

“O.K.,” Ms. Rowley said. She hugged more guests. Her husband told her about two events the next night for Waris Ahluwalia and Josephine Meckseper. “Can you go?” he asked.

Ms. Rowley, who would be facing 40 buyers from Asia the following day, didn’t blink. “Of course, I can go,” she said as they left the building. “What do you think?”

You might think, given her very hands-on relationship with two young daughters (who are at her side after each runway show), and multiple TV gigs and design projects, that the answer might be a sharp “No.” But that isn’t in her vocabulary, nor is it in the vocabulary of her 44-year-old husband, an art dealer, judge on Bravo’s “Work of Art,”editor, hands-on father and author of a new novella with a sexy cover by Richard Prince.

“Warhol’s philosophy was ‘Do everything,’ ” Mr. Powers likes to say. “Us, too.”

Two days later at a packed opening at Half Gallery, the small Lower East Side space that Mr. Powers owns with Andy Spade and James Frey, many of the guests didn’t have much to say to Ms. Rowley. She didn’t mind. Like a proud wife, and in towering strappy heels no less, she stayed for the entire opening, enjoying herself in conversations while keeping far out of her husband’s way as he unloaded several sculptures, worked the news media and tossed out cans of Red Bull to friends.

“Are we done yet?” he said after the crowd had dissipated.

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“Well, gird your loins, because it’s happening right now” – THE RISE OF NINE’s Cover Revealed

from MTV’s Hollywood Crush

Peep The EXCLUSIVE Cover Of ‘The Rise of Nine’!


If you’re a fan of Pittacus Lore’s brilliant aliens-on-the-run novels “I Am Number Four” and “The Power of Six,” then get ready to increase your literary anticipation by a mathematical factor of AWESOME: Hollywood Crush has scored an EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at the cover design for the next book, which will hit shelves this summer. Are you ready to feast your earthling eyeballs on “The Rise of Nine”? Well, gird your loins, because it’s happening right now.

“The Rise of Nine” picks up where “The Power of Six” left off, with hard-to-kill extraterrestrial John Smith (a.k.a. Number Four) on the run and desperately searching for the remaining handful of expat Loriens who’ve hidden themselves amongst the teenage population of planet Earth. And time is of the essence; the evil Mogadorians have already taken out a full third of the surviving refugees, and they’ll stop at nothing to eradicate the Lorien race from the face of the universe.

Will John and fellow Lorien Nine be able to locate Six and Seven in time to fight back?

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Encyclopaedia Britannica Gone

from The New York Times

After 244 Years, Encyclopaedia Britannica Stops the Presses


A set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica on the shelves of the New York Public Library.Ángel Franco/The New York Times

After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print.

Those coolly authoritative, gold-lettered reference books that were once sold door-to-door by a fleet of traveling salesmen and displayed as proud fixtures in American homes will be discontinued, company executives said.

In an acknowledgment of the realities of the digital age — and of competition from the Web site Wikipedia — Encyclopaedia Britannica will focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools. The last print version is the 32-volume 2010 edition, which weighs 129 pounds and includes new entries on global warming and the Human Genome Project.

In the 1950s, having the Encyclopaedia Britannica on the bookshelf was akin to a station wagon in the garage or a black-and-white Zenith in the den, a possession coveted for its usefulness and as a goalpost for an aspirational middle class. Buying a set was often a financial stretch, and many families had to pay for it in monthly installments.

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The Tom Cruise Of Porn

from The Guardian

James Deen: The Tom Cruise of porn

Adored by young women for his clean-cut image, this male porn star has been named as the likely lead actor in Bret Easton Ellis’s forthcoming film. But can an adult entertainer ever  make a successful transition to Hollywood?

by Edward Helmore

James Deen

Deen’s All-American appeal may aid a move to the mainstream. Photograph: Gideon Ponte

Earlier this week, Bret Easton Ellis announced his intention to cast a male porn star as the lead in The Canyons, a new film noir to be directed by Paul Schrader, the screenwriter of Taxi Driver and director of American Gigolo.

Ellis had long been an admirer of James Deen, who is striking because of his unusual appeal to young women – not generally key consumers of porn. When the two men met in January, they bonded over being unlikely poster boys: “He ordered a salad and we chatted amiably about the unearned feminist hysteria we both received at certain points in our careers,” Ellis tweeted.

Deen, 26, was recently featured on ABC’s Nightline in a segment asking if the nation knows that its daughters increasingly view him as a consort in their romantic fantasies. That Nightline saw fit to give him air time – the show is a rough equivalent of Newsnight – was further evidence either that the mainstream is more ready to accept adult entertainment performers on its turf, or that adult entertainment is itself becoming more mainstream.

“He’s exactly the guy I was thinking of,” says Ellis. “He’s accessible and represents the democratisation of our culture. He’s not some hot-blooded, super-tanned caveman pumping it — he’s a cute boy you could have gone to college with.”

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The Lifespan Of Literary License

from National Public Radio

‘Lifespan’: What Are The Limits Of Literary License?


When an author writes something that’s supposed to be a true story and readers discover he’s stretched the truth, things can get ugly fast. Recall Oprah Winfrey’s famous rebuke of author James Frey for making up much of his memoir, A Million Little Pieces. “I feel duped, but more importantly, I feel that you betrayed millions of readers,” she told him.

Now a new book is making waves by defending an author’s right to embellish the facts. The book is called The Lifespan of a Fact, and is a collaboration between author John D’Agata and his former fact-checker, Jim Fingal.

D’Agata… points out that we often apply a kind of double standard to the truth, depending on the perceived seriousness of the subject matter. “I don’t think it’s OK for us to say, ‘In your memoir about growing up and liking pie, it’s completely OK to alter the facts, but when you’re dealing with huge issues like suicide or nuclear waste or whatever, it’s not OK.’ I mean, the subject in this essay is amped up to get us to pay attention.”

Nevertheless, when readers feel they’ve been lied to, they feel betrayed.

“It is important, and it’s something that publishers think about all the time,” says Jonathan Burnham, a senior vice president at HarperCollins.

Burnham knows a thing or two about the trickiness of truth claims in creative nonfiction — he is the one who gave James Frey a second chance after the A Million Little Pieces scandal. He points out that the medium is important; the expectations are different for newspapers, magazines, literary journals and books.

“But one of the most problematic issues that lies at the heart of all this is this philosophical conundrum: What is the truth? Because the truth is often so subjective,” Burnham says.

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Josephine Meckseper’s Manhattan Oil Project.


Josephine Meckseper’s Times Square Oil Hunt!

06 March 2012 – by Art Rubynstein

Josephine Meckseper’s Manhattan Oil Project.

It’s not every day that a marquee art installation comes to Times Square. So we couldn’t be more excited to catch Josephine Meckseper’s “Manhattan Oil Project” which she put on 46th street and 8th Avenue in collaboration with the Art Production Fund. Until May 6, two intimidating red heads will crane up and down 25 feet in search of some good, old midtown oil. Friends like James Frey, Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, Tobias Meyer, Ed Westwick, Danny Fuller and Tori Praver came to toast Meckseper at Playwright Celtic Pub across the street and many more (including millions of tourists) will do the same in next two months.

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Darth Vader’s Real Dad Dead – Ralph McQuarrie Gone

from The Washington Post

Ralph McQuarrie, artist who drew Darth Vader, C-3PO, dies at 82

By T. Rees Shapiro

Ralph McQuarrie, an artist whose paintings of a gold-plated robot in an otherworldly desert and an intergalactic sword duel between a scraggly youth and a black-masked villain helped persuade film executives to gamble on a young director named George Lucas and his visionary story, “Star Wars,” died March 3 at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 82.

He had complications from Parkinson’s disease, said John Scoleri, co-author of a book of Mr. McQuarrie’s art.

“Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision ‘Star Wars,’ ” Lucas said in a statement posted online. “When words could not convey my ideas, I could always point to one of Ralph’s fabulous illustrations and say, ‘Do it like this.’ ”

Mr. McQuarrie, for instance, designed the Samurai-inspired helmet and black caped-outfit worn by arch nemesis Darth Vader. (It was Mr. McQuarrie’s idea to put a breathing apparatus on Vader’s mask, so that he could survive in the vacuum of space, which led to the villain’s raspy voice in the films.)

Mr. McQuarrie’s pens, pencils and brushes brought lush color, dramatic scenery and lifelike characters to stunning vibrancy in film classics such as “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Cocoon,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “E.T.”

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