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June 14, 2003

Decline and fall of the Amazon database, part 5,271,009: Who hasn’t heard of Garry Wills? From Nixon Agonistes to Papal Sin, from Chesterton to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg, his wide-ranging interests and elegant polemics have earned him decades of attention and acclaim.

Now the great public intellectual blazes a new trail as the work-for-hire author of children’s book series volumes, with Ghost Beach: Goosebumps #22, by, it says right here, R. L. Stine and Garry Wills. “Anticipating the fun of exploring a cave he finds down by the beach, Jerry dismisses the story the other kids tell him of the spooky three-hundred-year-old ghost that lives in the cave and comes out when the moon is full.” The story of St. Augustine’s influence on our modern idea of narrative intertwines with a magisterial exposition of nineteenth-century cave discoveries and their role in the popular press. Jerry’s dramatic realization of the true relationship of history to the imagination delivers a powerful new picture of the Founding Fathers and their intellectual roots in the Scottish Enlightenment. Don’t miss it. [05:03 PM]

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Avram ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2003, 05:23 PM:

That's far more fun than the discovery that Starlight 2 was edited by both Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Patrick Nielsen Hayden.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2003, 05:33 PM:

Both of us are in full agreement.

Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: June 14, 2003, 07:56 PM:

So that stuff in the previous post about giving up jokes wasn't serious. Thank goodness. We need all the giggles we can get.


Lois Fundis ::: (view all by) ::: June 15, 2003, 03:04 AM:

I thought George Will was the spooky one.

janeyolen ::: (view all by) ::: June 15, 2003, 03:38 AM:

Ah yes--and I have a book coming out--THE RADIATION SONNETS, 43 sonnets about my husband's battle with a skull base cancer--which Amazon has labeled suitable for pre-school-kindergarteners.

I guess reading levels are rising all over the place!