Articles by C. Max Magee

December 1, 2011

The Millions Top Ten: November 2011 0

The heavyweights stay on top and two prizewinners debut.

November 29, 2011

Steal This Record 0

Elvis Costello is calling the hefty price tag on his new box set “either a misprint or a satire” and advising fans to buy a Louis Armstrong box set or to wait until the discs included in his own box set are availble at a cheaper price “assuming that you have not already obtained them […]

November 29, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Bernhard, Martin, Dickens 0

Back in print is Thomas Bernhard’s memoir Gathering Evidence & My Prizes. Also new this week are a pair of spiffy box sets, George R.R. Martin’s Song Of Ice and Fire and the major works of Charles Dickens.

November 22, 2011

5-Star Pepper Spray 0

“Accept no substitutes when casually repressing students” “Perfect for Starting Your Own Little Police State!” and other 5-star reviews of pepper spray on Amazon.

November 22, 2011

The Notables: 2011 1

This year’s New York Times Notable Books of the Year list is out. At 100 titles, the list is more of a catalog of the noteworthy than a distinction. Sticking with the fiction exclusively, it appears that we touched upon a few of these books as well: The Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo (Most Anticipated) […]

November 22, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Bolaño, Crichton, Sondheim 0

Another posthumously published Roberto Bolaño novel has arrived, The Third Reich. Time to update our Bolaño Syllabus again? Also posthumously published is Michael Crichton’s Micro, which was a third finished when he died and was completed using Crichton’s notes by Richard Preston. Also new this week is Stephen Sondheim’s Look, I Made a Hat: Collected […]

November 17, 2011

Outrage 0

Barry Ritholtz, the godfather of financial blogging (and not your typical Occupy Wall Street protester) calls the U.S. a “corporate monarchy” and wonders “Why have the Europeans figured out they are getting screwed, and we haven’t?“

November 16, 2011

2011 National Book Award Winners Announced 1

A novel that’s “gritty, loamy and alive” takes home the fiction prize.

November 15, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: DeLillo, Tulli, Ozick, Martin 0

Don DeLillo’s first short story collection, The Angel Esmerelda, is out this week, as is Magdalena Tulli’s genre-defying In Red. New in paperback are Cynthia Ozick’s Foreign Bodies and Steve Martin’s An Object of Beauty.

November 14, 2011

Early Fire 0

Amazon says it’s shipping the Kindle Fire a day early, i.e. today.