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

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.03.2014 | 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 11.15.2014 | 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?

8 Dos and Don'ts When You Get a Bad Review

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

Don't text everyone you know that the reviewer is an absolute moron who deserves nothing but bad sex and botulism. Why? Most people won't know about the review until you tell them.

How Not To Write A Book Review

Slate Magazine | Robert Pinsky | Posted 09.20.2011 | Books

Possibly the most famous book review, ever, was written by the young Irish wit and polemicist John Wilson Croker. ...

Should Book Reviewers Be Paid to Review?

Carol Hoenig | Posted 08.11.2011 | Books
Carol Hoenig

Books, stacks of books waiting to be read, are piled high in my office. Most of these books were sent to me by publicists or the attributed authors, a...

Movie Flops, Reality TV And The Constitution

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self" by Danielle Evans The New York Times Evans follows girls and young women who are intelligent, gutsy and blac...

Anis Shivani: Why American Reviewers Disliked Ian McEwan's 'Solar'

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

What American reviewers have missed is that satire and history are coming together for the first time in McEwan's career.

Stephen King Is Wrong: Books Do More Than Tell a Story

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Stephen King recently said on CNN Money that books themselves aren't important since they're basically just a delivery system for a story. But they're much more than that: they're a canvas. I've been painting on mine for years.

The 15 Most Overrated Contemporary American Writers (PHOTOS)

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Are the writers receiving the major awards and official recognition really the best writers today? Or are they overrated mediocrities with little claim to recognition by posterity?

The New Henry Miller Speaks Out: Interview With Eric Miles Williamson, Author of 'Welcome to Oakland'

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

What I tell my students is this: Don't read any living American writers. If you're going to read any American writers at all, only read dead ones. That way you can be sure you're not wasting your time.