Reluctant Habits

Does Andrew Goldman, New York TImes Misogynist, Owe His Career to a Harvey Weinstein Headlock?

Posted by in goldman-andrew, Misogyny, New York Times, weiner-jennifer

How did Andrew Goldman land a job with the New York Times asking misogynistic questions of celebrities? It may have to do with a fateful headlock.

Jennifer Weiner IV (The Bat Segundo Show)

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, weiner-jennifer

In this one hour radio interview, novelist Jennifer Weiner discusses The Next Best Thing, the differences between television and fiction audiences, physically scarred protagonists, the gender gap as it relates to sex and vocation, and her efforts to not look at reviews.

Paid Author Events: The Future of Independent Bookstores?

Posted by in author events, Author Readings, Book Touring, bookcourt, booksmith, Bookstores, boulder book store, glenn kenny, Independent Bookstores, independent bookstores, indies, jennifer weiner, jonathan lethem, kepler's, o'nan-stewart, stephanie anderson, stewart o'nan, tayari jones, weiner-jennifer, word brooklyn

In this lengthy investigative report, we talk with numerous customers, booksellers, and authors to determine whether paid author events reflect a legitimate path for the independent bookstore.

Jennifer Schuessler: “Literary Occupation: Housewife”

Posted by in New York Times, schuessler-jennifer, Sexism, weiner-jennifer

Why does Jennifer Schuessler and The New York Times believe that any women who speaks her mind is engaging in a feud? Or little more than a happy housewife heroine?

The Bat Segundo Show: Jennifer Weiner III

Posted by in Bat Segundo, interview, weiner-jennifer

In this lively 45 minute radio interview, Jennifer Weiner discusses her latest book, Fly Away Home, the new Wonder Woman costume, and the problems with insular New York literary culture — among many other topics.

That Old Reading Magic

Posted by in russo-richard, weiner-jennifer

My review of Richard Russo’s That Old Cape Magic appears in today’s Chicago Sun-Times. And just to be clear on this, I filed my review weeks before I offered my thoughts on the Newsweek contretemps and before my second interview with the man. But there’s an additional issue that worries me, one recently voiced by Jennifer Weiner. Like Russo’s latest novel, Weiner’s book, Best Friends Forever, includes a lengthy chapter in Cape Cod — a surprisingly dark and creepy flashback that reveals significant behavioral details — and, like Russo, concerns…read more

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Are Bookstores Being Too Censorious With Author Events?

Posted by in Barnes & Noble, Bookstores, Censorship, weiner-jennifer

Jennifer Weiner is a best-selling author. And while her latest novel, Best Friends Forever, proved popular enough to hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, this didn’t stop a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Framingham, Massachusetts from raising a censorious eyebrow. Some bookstores have begun instituting informal policies which preclude authors from using four-letter words during a public reading. And even dependable draws like Weiner are being asked to hold their tongues. These developments — reflected most recently in the Weiner case — raise new questions about just…read more

Jane Smiley is Snobby Enough to Aim Low

Posted by in Book Reviewing, smiley-jane, weiner-jennifer

Just so you know the heights of her hauteur, Jane Smiley’s latest review is about the snobbiest nonsense you can imagine from a book review section. The kind of afternoon balderdash “dictated but not read” by a humorless patent attorney and dutifully revered without quibble by fawning sycophants. Unable to get her arrogant and elitist mind around the idea of a pink book, or rather what’s inside a pink book, Smiley spends four paragraphs devoting her Pulitzer Prize-winning “talents” to sentences that one would expect from a precocious tot who…read more