Saturday, April 30, 2022


Just was reading about Elliott Landy who Albert Grossman asked to take photos of The Band when they lived in Woodstock. Bob Dylan was there too. 

Friday, April 29, 2022


What ‘The New Yorker’ Didn’t Say About a Famous Writer’s Anti-Semitism

Why are Alice Walker’s vile beliefs about Jews treated so gently? (in ‘The  Atlantic’):

Thursday, April 28, 2022

‘It’s like being a therapist’: the highs and lows of an independent bookstore.

In new documentary ‘Hello, Bookstore’, a small Massachusetts shop is observed over an extended period as Covid-19 threatens to close it forever. (from

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

I haven’t put out ‘a cityReader’ newsletter since before the pandemic. I’ve done 62 of them. #63 soon.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022


Ukraine war: UK publishers take gifted books to children. (from


The Literary Star: Jonathan Franzen shares some secrets, sort of, in his first public appearance for Crossroads. (from


Monday, April 25, 2022


Banning books about Black and LGBTQ people isn’t protecting America’s youth

‘Great libraries have materials on their shelves (or in their e-circulation platforms) to support everyone trying to educate themselves, from home-schooling Christians to LGBTQ youths.’

Sunday, April 24, 2022


Alice Walker’s Journals Depict an Artist Restless on Her Laurels

As the writer counts honors and advances—and keeps tabs on rivals, lovers, and detractors—the drive to succeed is the drive to survive. (from ‘The New Yorker’):