Is it silly to write about screen-free week online in a blog? Yes, probably. Tell you what. Print this out. Fold it twice and put it in your pocket. Then go outside and teach someone how to ride a bicycle.
Saunders is a kind of literary guide, taking us on a tour of the human condition. In his previous stories, he has outlined for us the cage built from capitalism and longing from which none of us is free. But in his latest collection, there is hope that these bars might have the capacity to bend.
This is certainly not the first exposé of Scientology -- although it might qualify as the most abundant. Time magazine, CBS-TV, and NBC-TV are among the many who've taken on this most controversial of religions since its beginnings in the mid-1950s.
Penguin and Random House got married and rode off into the sunset, but HarperCollins hasn't given up just yet. This week, HarperCollins' publishing promiscuity invited another player into the mix: Simon & Schuster.
Although I've been reading and reviewing books for several decades, not until Salman Rushdie's memoir, Joseph Anton, have I realized how some part of me continues to look at books through callow eyes, to assess them naively.
For the effort most authors put into titling their book, you'd think they'd get to see it splashed across the cover -- but an overwhelming amount of us are told by our editors, "Love the book, hate the title. Find another one."