Dictionary Banned/Why Editors Reject/What Drives AB Yehoshua/The Angry Howard Jacobson

June 26, 2006

Dictionary Banned
“The author of what has been described as the definitive dictionary of slang is gobsmacked, gutted, throwing up bunches, honked, hipped and jacked like a cock-maggot in a sink-hole.” That's the lead of Duncan Campbell's Guardian article about a North Carolina school district (Wake County) banning the Cassell Dictionary of Slang. The book, along with four others, were challenged by that literary group known as Called2Action, a Christian activist group.

Meanwhile the Lawrenceville, GA, library system is no longer buying adult fiction written in Spanish because its board eliminated the $3,000 used for such a purpose. Why? Some residents objected to using tax revenue to buy books for individuals who might be illegal.

Why Editors Reject
In an intriguing essay for Guardian, Ian Jack explains why he rejected a piece about Brazilian street children written by Martha Gellhorn, “the last piece” she ever wrote. He does not stop with that. He explains the role of editor and his/her relationship with a writer.

What Drives AB Yehoshua
Bellow called him a world-class writer. He has pissed off others with his analysis of what it means to be Jewish and the future of Jerusalem. But what makes AB Yehoshua write. Maya Jaggi talks with him.

The Angry Howard Jacobson
“On paper, Howard Jacobson is not at all my cup of tea – as a man, I mean, not as a writer. As a writer, he is everything you could wish for. His prose is clever, funny, stylish and full of learning. But as a man … no, he should not really be my bag.”
That's the start of Rachel Cooke's interview with the writer just before publication of his new work.

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