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MacKenzie Bezos’s One-Star Amazon Review, Salinger’s Writing Advice, and More

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Evan Smith Rakoff
11.5.13

MacKenzie Bezos—wife of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos—posted a one-star review of Brad Stone’s The Everything Store; Mariel Hemingway revealed that her family didn’t speak of her grandfather Ernest’s suicide; Dr. George Walkden argues that the opening of Beowulf has been misconstrued for hundreds of years; and other news.

Zadie Smith’s European Travels With Her Father, Baby Born in Barnes & Noble, and More

by
Evan Smith Rakoff
10.22.13

A new book reports that Amazon’s stance toward small publishers “was called the Gazelle Project after Mr. Bezos said Amazon ‘should approach these small publishers the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle’”; Hector Tobar looks at how Amazon and other online booksellers are reacting to compaints over pornographic content; Open Culture found an image of Mark Twain with Nikola Tesla; and other news.

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