Articles by Editor

February 11, 2008

Staff Picks: Winchester, Scrabble, Byron, Dumas, Irving, Christensen 0

The “staff picks” shelf in any good independent bookstore is a treasure trove of book recommendations. Unmoored from media hype and even timeliness, books are championed by trusted fellow readers. With many bookselling alums in our ranks, we offer our own “Staff Picks” in a feature appearing irregularly. The Professor and the Madman by Simon […]

February 9, 2008

Curios 0

Gerrard Winstanley’s 1649 “The True Levellers Standard Advanced.” The True Levellers were a radical Protestant sect that founded a commune in Surrey during the English Civil War. In this rather astonishing and neglected declaration, Winstanley argues that God intended the earth to be a common treasury for all and that disparities in property and power […]

February 4, 2008

Link Bomb 1

The “Bloggies” are back. Looking at this year’s nominees, our thoughts from last year still hold true. We try not to rag on the NBCC too much around here, but inadvertently giving your big book recommending initiative the same name as a wildly popular reading-focused social network just smacks of cluelessness. People are still ripping […]

January 30, 2008

Link Bomb 1

The Columbia Spectator is about to embark on “a list of 50 books that we think capture the essence of each state.” Daniel Menaker, former head of Random House, is set to host a new internet literary talk show called “Titlepage.” It will be modeled after “‘Apostrophes,’ a popular French literary program; ‘The Charlie Rose […]

January 25, 2008

Some (Possibly Stale) Links 0

William T. Vollmann has a new book out, Riding Toward Everywhere about riding freight trains. In what must be a first for Vollmann, the Washington Post describes the book as a “modest little volume.” The New Yorker held a contest to reinterpret Eustace Tilley, its “iconic dandy.” The entries are posted on Flickr. The anxiety […]

January 14, 2008

Staff Picks: Murphy, Ondaatje, Chamoiseau, Loyd, Tosches, Boyle, Lethem, Miller, Gardner 0

The “staff picks” shelf in any good independent bookstore is a treasure trove of book recommendations. Unmoored from media hype and even timeliness, books are championed by trusted fellow readers. With many bookselling alums in our ranks, we offer our own “Staff Picks” in a feature appearing irregularly. Signed, Mata Hari by Yannick Murphy recommended […]

January 9, 2008

Wednesday Links 1

We’ve heard about the weak dollar making things tough on Canadian readers, but the pain is being felt by Canadian publishers as well, as profit margins diminish. The latest casualty is publisher Raincoast Books. Philip Agee died today. His Inside the Company in 1973 may have created a modern day genre, one that would be […]

November 19, 2007

Staff Picks: Harvey, Jergovic, Endo, Helprin, Walton, Greene 0

The “staff picks” shelf in any good independent bookstore is a treasure trove of book recommendations. Unmoored from media hype and even timeliness, books are championed by trusted fellow readers. With many bookselling alums in our ranks, we thought it a good idea to offer our own “Staff Picks” in a feature appearing irregularly. We […]

October 29, 2007

Monday Links 1

The New Yorker lovefest continues: Emdashes is compiling a list of the New Yorker articles that have appeared in Houghton Mifflin’s annual Best American Essays series. It’s a perfect guide for dipping into your Complete New Yorker set. Update: Emdashes has also done a “short stories” version of the list. My cousin Mitch produces a […]

October 28, 2007

Staff Picks: Mano, HST, Castle, Dundy, Powers, Lasdun 1

The “staff picks” shelf in any good independent bookstore is a treasure trove of book recommendations. Unmoored from media hype and even timeliness, books are championed by trusted fellow readers. With many bookselling alums in our ranks, we thought it a good idea to offer our own “Staff Picks” in a feature that will be […]