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Is Satire A Foreign Language?

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.05.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

When you publish a blog post on The Huffington Post's Comedy section, you assume people will get the obvious: It's meant to be funny, just like a fire truck hurtling down the street is a sign that, well, there's a fire somewhere, right?

Why You Should Care if George Bush's Book is "Fake"

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Lev Raphael

Any book released with Bush' name on it is part of a publicity campaign to restore and burnish his image. If you think that's not the case, you're either extremely naive, you haven't watched Olivia Pope do her magic on Scandal -- or both.

Did George Bush Really Write That Book About His Father?

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Lev Raphael

All over the country, newspaper reviewers are wasting space reviewing George Bush's biography about his father. Whether they pan it or praise it, they'll say over and over, as Michiko Kakutani recently did in The New York Times, things like "he writes--" or "he says--" Does he?

How to Fix Amazon's Review System

Warren Adler | Posted 03.30.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

For Amazon, the system began with good intentions as a marketing device for books, but unintended consequences have made it both an unreliable and suspect platform. Worse, it has tempted the unscrupulous.

10 Bookish Conversations We Never Want to Have Again

Jeff O'Neal | Posted 01.09.2013 | Books
Jeff O'Neal

We usually keep things pretty positive here at the Riot, but after many years of life in the bookish interweb, we've identified some conversations that just keep coming back up. And we're ready to put an end to them.

Don't Be Held Hostage By Reviewers

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.10.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Wannabe authors imagine that once they get published, life will be glorious. That's because they haven't thought much about bad reviews. Every author gets them, and sometimes they're crushing.

Dumbest Book Reviews Ever?

Posted 06.28.2012 | Books

Anton Ego, the curmudgeonly food reviewer in Ratatouille, notably says, "In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a p...

When Reviewers Get Thanked (It Happens!)

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.20.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

There's a special treat for me as a reviewer when an author contacts me via Facebook, email -- or in the old days by mail -- to thank me. I don't expect it, and don't write for an author's approval, both of which make it more fun.

Is There A Future For LA Times Book Coverage? | Posted 09.28.2011 | Books

In a move as significant for its breadth as its implications for the future of book coverage, the Los Angeles Times book review laid off all of its fr...

Book Reviews: Critics vs. Amazon Reviewers

The Daily Beast | Posted 07.13.2011 | Books

In the age of rapid digital revolution in publishing, when readers have book review options ranging from decades-old publications like The New Yorker,...