Yearly Archive for 2009

: 2009

“Dune” authors land in Greenwich

For all of you science fiction lovers out there, authors Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson will speak on their new book in the popular “Dune” series, “Winds of Dune,” tonight, 7 p.m. at Just Books in

Eat your words

As the summer melts blissfully into the thick, sultry humidity of August, the library can become a delicious oasis of cool; the air-conditioned stacks of arid-smelling books and chilled silence of the

The Supreme Court lag

As Chris pointed out in his first post about “The Nine” by Jeffrey Toobin, the battle over the Supreme Court has been framed by a for the last three decades by an ideological debate between those who

A postscript on ‘The Nine’

Monica, I was also surprised to learn that the Supreme Court does not always function as we think it would or should. For example, I was very surprised to read that at no time after hearing the

Office politics among the nine

One of the most surprising discoveries for readers of Toobin’s book is that Supreme Court justices are subject to the vagaries of office politics and annoyances. Apparently, former Chief Justice

Book shopping: A few good purchases

I checked out the newly opened Barnes and Noble on 86th and Lexington in New York this past weekend, gift card in hand. The store is so huge, I hardly knew what to look at first. I picked through the

Memories of the late Frank McCourt, seven months after our interview

When I interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt back on Jan. 20, in anticipation of his talk at Purchase (N.Y.) College the following week, he sounded positively vibrant. His incisive

Hearings and judicial activism

I think Chris’ summary of the main issue presented in this book is very insightful.  The Supreme Court has become the battlefield for the ideological battles being fought between factions — the

Confirmations and WWSD*

Buried within the ideological debate that Toobin sets up, as Chris points out, in the first 100 pages or so of “The Nine,” are little tidbits that hint at the way confirmation hearings have changed. I

Sad book news

Frank McCourt, the author of “Angela’s Ashes,” has died at the age of 78.