THE 20-year publishing veteran, who has earned a name for himself as editor of famously controversial and conservative books such as “Illiberal Education” and “The Bell Curve”, has a new venture — one which his father “would have approved of ”, he says.
Adam Bellow, the son of the late novelist Saul Bellow, is trying to “reinvent books for the 21st century” by reprinting internet blogs as pamphlets.
The New York resident tells People: “The internet has become the central arena for intellectual debate in America, and I saw the need for publishing blogs. Blogs have an appeal; they are immediate, responsive and reflect a highly individual point of view, which you don’t get in other forms of media.
“Pamphlets provide a quick read, something you can stick in your pocket, and I want to fill the world with pamphlets,” continues Mr Bellow, who is undertaking the project in addition to his daily work as an editor at Doubleday.
Mr Bellow, 49, says the idea “is something I discussed with my father a few years ago. It was modelled on the 1920s pamphlet series ‘Little Blue Books’, published by Jewish newspaper editor Emanuel Haldeman-Julius.
“I am using the inheritance money I received from dad to do so, and I think he would be delighted.”
Although Mr Bellow admits quitting Hebrew school shortly after his barmitzvah, he maintains: “Judaism played a big part in my career and has always been of interest to me.” He cites the publication of Deborah Lipstadt’s “Denying the Holocaust” — which helped get David Irving sent to prison — “as my proudest moment.”
Mr Bellow says he hopes to publish more material from the Jewish arena. Currently, four of his pamphlets are available to buy ($4 each), including “Best Recipes from the Jewish Blogosphere” and “An Argument with Hizbollah”.