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Sylvia Beach and James Joyce at Shakespeare and Company, in 1922

Censors thought it dirty and rebellious, but what makes Ulysses radical is its dramatization of the unending conflict between good and evil.

Bookstore

How the Internet and slashed budgets have endangered one of higher education’s most important institutions.

John Banville, alias Benjamin Black

The only mystery about The Black-Eyed Blonde is when publishing derivative works became original.

(Photo by Henri Zerdoun, courtesy of The New Press)

For decades, first at Pantheon and then at the New Press, he was a lion of progressive publishing.

Illustration

Women writers are far outnumbered by men in magazines and book reviews, but why? Part of the answer lies in book publishing.

James Joyce, 1915

A legal quirk enabled Samuel Roth to pirate Ulysses. Was Roth a copyright anarchist or a pioneer?

Picture of Thomas Bernhard and Siegfried Unseld

In his writing and life, Thomas Bernhard led a charge in the opposite direction. His publisher always broke his fall.

Books

The merger of Penguin and Random House is part of a trend that has been deadly for literary authors and serious nonfiction.

Books lampooning Barack Obama

A consolidated publishing industry, along with the right-wing media machine, has fostered the market for extremist hit jobs.

As a bookseller, Amazon has left no corner of the publishing world untouched. What will happen as it ventures into publishing original content?

Blogs

There is no avoiding the inherently alienating consequences of trying to earn a living through the production of words.

May 30, 2014

The conversation about diversity in Science Fiction & Fantasy reveals how racism constrains even imagination. 

September 10, 2013

 Who gives a [insert expletive] about an Oxford comma?

July 11, 2011

A historian admits he denounced rivals anonymously on the internet.

April 19, 2010