“…publishing is fascinating—at least, to those of us who are in it.”


Robert Gottlieb’s review of Boris Kachka’s Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House doubles as a fascinating history of Farrar Straus & Giroux, and a profile of FSG capo Roger Straus.  Gottlieb finds plenty to criticize about Kachka’s book (“three hundred and forty-five pages of [Kachka’s overexcited tone] is hard to take”), yet this review really makes one want to read it.  Or rather, it makes one want to read Gottlieb’s non-existent memoir about the NYC publishing scene of the ’50s and ’60s.

Some would describe Gottlieb’s review as long but good.  At the Mercantile, we say it’s long AND good.

-Norm De Plume

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