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December 7, 2008

Curiosities: Listmania 0

W.W. Norton puts together a project similar to our Year in Reading (and with some participants in common): Writers Recommend. Another clever batch of recommendations: Village Voice asks several notables to recommend their favorite “obscure” books. Three Percent reveals its 25-book longlist for the “Best Translated Book of 2008” (Bonus Link: The Prizewinners: International Edition) […]

December 2, 2008

Curiosities: Chinese Democracy 0

Obama brings hope, change to the publishing industry. I hope that I shall never see / A book of Palin’s poetry. The Nation talks with the journalist who helped research 2666. Chuck Klosterman gets in the ring with Axl, Bucket and, uh…hey, man, remind me who else is in this band? How is a Snopes […]

November 23, 2008

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Esquire offers up a terrific time sink, “The 7 Greatest Stories in the History of Esquire Magazine.” Included among these gems of long-form journalism, which are all reprinted in full, is Richard Ben Cramer’s “What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?” which appeared on the list of best sports journalism we ran last month. […]

November 16, 2008

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A “blogbook” on the financial crisis. The table of contents. Essential Bolaño: The Five Most Unskippable Passages in 2666 50 years worth of Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” is now online for free all the way back to that very first strip. (via)

November 11, 2008

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Sam Sacks offers up a review of Booker winner The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga for Open Letters “Obama spotted carrying poetry book” – It was Collected Poems 1948-1984 by Derek Walcott The amazing, exhaustive, 7-part, behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 campaign from Newsweek Rahm, Ari, Zeke: Which Emmanuel brother are you? In case you […]

October 30, 2008

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This just in! Senator Barack Obama has “palled around” with the notorious constitutionalist Richard Posner. The good folks at Hotel St. George Press interview Taryn Simon, the artist behind the brilliant Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar. Jonathan Franzen’s remembrance of David Foster Wallace is quite moving… …as are the Elizabeth Bishop stanzas that conclude […]

October 28, 2008

Ask a Book Question: #68 (Building a 21st Century Contemporary Fiction Syllabus) 27

Gene writes in with this question: I currently teach a high school English course called 21st Century Literature, and I’ve hit a bit of a block these last few weeks in trying to put together this year’s syllabus. We currently read Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude, Zadie Smith’s […]

October 20, 2008

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It’s not online but “The Boy Who Had Never Seen The Sea” by newly named Nobel laureate Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio appears in this week’s New Yorker. See our recent guest post about publishing Le Clézio. In last week’s New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell was back, this time talking about “genius.” His guinea pigs were Ben […]

October 6, 2008

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Try out our new “Random Post” button below the search boxes on the sidebar. CJR unveils new software in the quest to stamp out “gotcha journalism.” * Charlie Gibson, September 11, 2008:Question: “Have you ever met a foreign head of state?”Gotcha Quotient: 95Reason: First of all, foreign policy-related questions are incredibly unfair… Tennis reprints David […]

October 1, 2008

Ask a Book Question: The 66th in a Series (A Little NBA Speculation) 8

Chall writes in with this question: Any National Book Award predictions? Awards season is upon us. The Booker shortlist is out, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced in the next week or so, and the National Book Award finalists will be named on October 15th. Chall’s question gives us an […]