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The Last Bill Blog

Endings are really just another way of beginning. And as another end looms for me, so another beginning awaits. And very soon. It’s time for another step in a continuing and memorable journey that has enabled me to share the most wonderful of jobs for the last decade. And to share it with tens of thousands of people whose affection and support will always be carried with me.

Goblinproofing And Other Books

The winners of the new Diagram Literary Prize have been announced in Great Britain, and you’ll be delighted to know that the winner — and surely a most deserving book — is “Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop.” Yes, Reginald Bakeley’s epic survey of the fairy kingdom’s assault on fowls is finally available. You’ll want to check it out along with the other nominees for this wacky book title award.

Selling E-Books

If you harbored any doubts about the rise of the e-book — and you didn’t really, did you? — Publishers Weekly has come up with some statistics that show how successful they have become: more than 1,000 of them have sold more than 25,000 copies (or whatever you want to call them) over the last couple of years. And that coincides with a downturn in sales for the once-popular mass market paperback.

Award winners and Philip Roth

The recently announced National Book Critics Circle Awards include the usual deserving titles and idiosyncratic choices. Wonder how many of these books you’ve read given that almost without exception they haven’t shown up on anyone’s best-seller lists? And wondering also if you can really appreciate the self-consciousness that goes into a lot of these annual selections?

Recalling 1963

While the sports world looks back at Michael Jordan in the wake of his 50th year, I thought I’d look back to the literary world of 50 years ago. It was a time when luminaries like William Faulkner were still alive and writing, when everyone was reading “The Shoes of the Fisherman” and poetry was suffering one of its worst years. Please come along for a short journey back to another remarkable time.