Julia Whelan on sexism in the audiobook industry

Caroline Kitcher: Do you think we believe women’s voices less? Julia Whelan: Yes. I think part of the problem is that women have been socially conditioned to present their voices in a certain way. Maybe we have told them that high and breathier is sexier … or that they should present their statements as questions, […]

Harper Lee’s true crime story

Casey Cep, who seems to be The New Yorker’s resident Harper Lee expert, is out with a Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee from Knopf. Alexandra Alter at The New York Times had a nice Q&A with her earlier this month. There are two intertwined mysteries at the heart of […]

The discipline of Danielle Steel

An author profile in Glamour magazine? Yeah. Not Nicholas Sparks? Yeah. A wonderful 1,500-word profile of Danielle Steel? Yeah. If they’d set the over/under on her output at 100 books, I’d have taken the under. I think most of us would have. Well, she’s written 179 books. I’ve read as many of her books as […]