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Philip Roth Quietly Calls it Quits
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The glum-faced author announced what appears to be his retirement in a “little-noticed” interview with a French magazine. "To tell you the truth, I'm done," Roth told Les Inrocks in October, adding that he has not written anything in three years.

2010: The Year's Best Books

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The holiday season is in full swing, as evidenced by such familiar signs as relentless media-enabled appeals to base consumer urges, assorted gatherings of people who may or may not be happy to be in each others' presence, candles, gifts and, in the online world, listicles.We've consulted a smattering of sources to find out what literary enthusiasts of various stripes chose as 2010's best books, and here are the results in one handy meta-listicle.

Are We Too Wired to Read?
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With multiple gadgets and screens constantly running, and perhaps even a different sense of time than our forebears had, it's no surprise that powering down long enough to curl up with a book is becoming an endangered activity -- although, as David L. Ulin argues in the Los Angeles Times, it's still a very vital contemplative practice to pursue.

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