Books

Book Review: High Returns From Low Risk – Seeking Alpha

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Originally published on September 12, 2017 We all know that higher returns come at the cost of higher risk. This is one of the basic fundamentals of investing. But what if it isn’t true? In High Returns from Low Risk: A Remarkable Stock Market Paradox, Pim van Vliet and Jan de Koning challenge this assumption and find that, in fact, high-risk (i.e. high-volatility) stocks actually underperform their more conservative, staid…

Book Review: Ray Padgett’s ‘Cover Me’ Is a Music-Snob’s Dream … – Variety

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

“Cover Me”Ray Padgett(Sterling) On the face of it, a book detailing the stories behind some of pop music’s best-known cover versions might not seem like the most compelling or rewarding way to fill several hundred pages and several hours. But as with cover songs themselves, it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it — and Ray Padgett, a veteran publicist who’s also the founder and editor…

MacArthur fellows for 2017: a tragicomic novelist, an ‘Afropolitan’ painter and more – Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The 2017 MacArthur fellows have been revealed, and among the honorees are an experimental opera director, a freewheeling novelist exploring the moral complexities of the Vietnam War, a Nigerian painter mining her “Afropolitan” perspective and a gender-bending theater pioneer. What do these four have in common? All are in Los Angeles. Yuval Sharon, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Taylor Mac all are based in the city or are…

Book Review: Ray Padgett’s ‘Cover Me’ Is a Music-Snob’s Dream Come True – Variety

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

“Cover Me”Ray Padgett(Sterling) On the face of it, a book detailing the stories behind some of pop music’s best-known cover versions might not seem like the most compelling or rewarding way to fill several hundred pages and several hours. But as with cover songs themselves, it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it — and Ray Padgett, a veteran publicist who’s also the founder and editor…

Book Review: Ray Padgett’s ‘Cover Me’ Is a Music-Snob’s Dream Come True – Variety

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

“Cover Me”Ray Padgett(Sterling) On the face of it, a book detailing the stories behind some of pop music’s best-known cover versions might not seem like the most compelling or rewarding way to fill several hundred pages and several hours. But as with cover songs themselves, it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it — and Ray Padgett, a veteran publicist who’s also the founder and editor…

In Love With Romance Novels, but Not Their Lack of Diversity – New York Times

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Eleven of the publishers agreed to provide their lists. For those who didn’t, Bea and Leah set out to create the list of books published and to identify each author’s race. The result, released last week by the Ripped Bodice, is “The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing.” It reports that of the romance novels published in 2016 by the 20 largest imprints in the romance genre, 7.8 percent…

Book Review: Ray Padgett’s ‘Cover Me’ Is a Music-Snob’s Dream Come True – Variety

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

“Cover Me”Ray Padgett(Sterling) On the face of it, a book detailing the stories behind some of pop music’s best-known cover versions might not seem like the most compelling or rewarding way to fill several hundred pages and several hours. But as with cover songs themselves, it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it — and Ray Padgett, a veteran publicist who’s also the founder and editor…

10 French Novels to Read Now – New York Times

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION, by Kamel Daoud. Translated by John Cullen. (Other Press, $14.95.) In “The Meursault Investigation,” Daoud, an Algerian journalist, retells the story of Albert Camus’s classic, “The Stranger,” from the point of view of the brother of the nameless man Camus’s protagonist, Meursault, shoots on a beach in Algiers. In the process, Daoud gives the murdered man a name, Musa, and forces the reader to reassess Camus’s story…

Juanes Signs With Warner/Chappell Publishing – Variety

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Warner/Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Juanes, one of the world’s biggest Latin music artists. The Colombian-born singer has won 23 Latin Grammy or Grammy awards — he is the most-nominated artist in Latin Grammy history — and his latest album, “Mis Planes son Amarte,” went No. 1 in 14 countries. Related ContentWarner Music Group Shows Robust Third Quarter…

A New Book About Formative Literary Friendships – The Atlantic

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Secret Sisterhood explores the women who influenced Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf.

Putting a literary spotlight on mental health – Brattleboro Reformer

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

BRATTLEBORO — Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Powers’ past works have eagerly explored everything from the 1800s literary lion Mark Twain to the flag-raising World War II soldiers at Iwo Jima to the present-day pioneers of broadcast news and sports. The Vermonter’s current focus is different. “This is the book I promised myself I would never write,” Powers begins its preface. “I have kept that promise for a decade — since…

‘Experiment I’ turns a literary event into performance art – Los Angeles Times

Monday, October 09, 2017

Live, unabashed nudity is, perhaps unsurprisingly, a rarity at public literary events. Dance, performance art, wigs, one-liners, keyboards, skateboards, popcorn, dental floss, video loops, audience participation, and even, quite frankly, unfettered joy, also make infrequent appearances on the reading circuit, but Sept. 29 at the newly opened Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, a free event called “Experiment I” managed to contain all this and more. “People want a playful…

Nintendo’s Arms could make for an amazing graphic novel – The Verge

Sunday, October 08, 2017

A big push for Nintendo of late has involved creating all-new franchises, like the colorful team shooter Splatoon or the wild fighter Arms. These games allow Nintendo to test out new genres, but also introduce brand-new worlds and characters, ones that are pretty far removed from Mario and Zelda. Arms, in particular, is a fascinating detour for the company, featuring a diverse lineup of surprisingly stylish fighters. And now the…

How Russian literature can save your life – Telegraph.co.uk

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Why turn to great authors for good advice on how to live our lives? A woman whose famous novelist husband is celebrated for his powers of observation, assured me that X wouldn’t notice if everything in their house, including the children, was removed, so long as his desk and laptop remained. As a breed, literary lions tend to be selfish spouses and absent fathers. What use could they possibly be…

Nintendo’s Arms could make for an amazing graphic novel – The Verge

Sunday, October 08, 2017

A big push for Nintendo of late has involved creating all-new franchises, like the colorful team shooter Splatoon or the wild fighter Arms. These games allow Nintendo to test out new genres, but also introduce brand-new worlds and characters, ones that are pretty far removed from Mario and Zelda. Arms, in particular, is a fascinating detour for the company, featuring a diverse lineup of surprisingly stylish fighters. And now the…

Nintendo’s Arms could make for an amazing graphic novel – The Verge

Sunday, October 08, 2017

A big push for Nintendo of late has involved creating all-new franchises, like the colorful team shooter Splatoon or the wild fighter Arms. These games allow Nintendo to test out new genres, but also introduce brand-new worlds and characters, ones that are pretty far removed from Mario and Zelda. Arms, in particular, is a fascinating detour for the company, featuring a diverse lineup of surprisingly stylish fighters. And now the…

Trump Is the Star of These Bizarre Victorian Novels – POLITICO Magazine

Sunday, October 08, 2017

The first thing to know about Baron Trump is that he can’t stop talking about his brain. While meeting with the Russian government, he talks about his glorious gray matter. As foreign women fall for him, he mentions his superior intelligence before casting them off. He once sued his tutors, alleging that they owed him money for everything he had taught them. He won. This Trump does not exist, except…