The listicles are already well underway. You’ve probably seen a few of them by now: lists of Hollywood’s upcoming roster of movies adapted from books.It happens every year, of course. Most major Hollywood studios have long since abandoned any but flimsiest gestures at actual originality; instead, they forage far and wide for some old IP, […]
Like the five summers before it, the summer of 2019 will go into the record books as the hottest summer on record, and even at summer’s end in the Northern Hemisphere, large swaths of the United States are still engulfed in a heat that hasn’t abated in weeks. But even so, here in New England […]
Well, it’s official. In early August, James Daunt and his UK hedge fund Elliott Advisors handed over an enormous lump sum of money and completed the purchase of Barnes & Noble, the last giant retail bookstore chain in the United States. Daunt, already the CEO of Waterstones in Britain, paid $683 million and took ownership […]
Every publishing season, they appear in droves: well-designed and spottily-edited novels with broad-shouldered men and leather-jacketed women on their covers, with titles like “The [Something-Something] Gambit” or “The [So-and-So] Protocol” or “The [What-Have-You] Legacy.”
London odds-makers and bet takers were all in a flurry in July, and the subject of their agitation wasn’t the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup or the estimates on whether a peroxide-blond oaf would become the next Prime Minister – no, all the betting action was about books.