Book collecting of antique and rare books remains big business. For example, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the original British version of the first book in the Harry Potter series, could be worth as much as $40,000—only five hundred were printed. The Observer explores the strange and expensive world of book collecting.
Jill Abramson, the first woman to head the New York Times as executive editor, was abruptly fired Wednesday and replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet. The New Yorker attempted to explain why, with the leading theory being Abramson’s discovery several weeks ago that she earned less than her male predecessor. But Vanity Fair reported that publisher […]
The New York Observer provides context for Alex Shakar’s Luminiarium, this month’s Rumpus Book Club selection. The article discusses the contemporaneous crafting of Luminarium with his spiritual evolution, the ups and downs he experienced with The Savage Girl, his last novel, and what it was like to have a book released in the wake of […]