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August 13, 2008

The Millions Quiz: The First Time is Always the Best 9

So that you may get to know us better, it’s The Millions Quiz, yet another occasionally appearing series. Here, as conceived of by our contributor Emily, we answer questions about our reading habits and interests, the small details of life that like-minded folks may find illuminating, and we ask you to join us by providing […]

August 3, 2008

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Anne Fernald’s two posts about her grandmother’s editions of Virginia Woolf are a treat. Gwenda Bond of Shaken and Stirred landed on NPR over the weekend to talk about the 100th anniversary of Anne of Green Gables, in honor of which the Modern Library has put out a new edition. The Oxford Project: “In 1984, […]

July 17, 2008

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The Exile, home of the War Nerd, is back online at a new address after being forced to fold their print operation. Lots of folks were excited about Mark Twain being on the cover of Time. So was Season, until she opened the magazine. Will Leitch’s story of meeting Hunter S. Thompson is brilliant, funny, […]

July 15, 2008

Staff Picks: Niffenegger, Thewlis, Klam 2

The “staff picks” shelf in any good independent bookstore is a treasure trove of book recommendations. Unmoored from media hype and even timeliness, these 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 Adventuress by Audrey Niffenegger recommended […]

July 9, 2008

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Olsson’s, a small chain that was an old standby among Washington D.C. independent bookstores, is likely to file for bankruptcy. It was the stores’ ample music sections and gentrification that contributed most to its downfall. “‘The book business is getting a little soft. It’s not selling as much as it used to,’ Olsson said. ‘Our […]

June 17, 2008

The Millions Quiz: Fresh, Old, and Moldy 7

So that you may get to know us better, it’s The Millions Quiz, yet another occasionally appearing series. Here, as conceived of by our contributor Emily, we answer questions about our reading habits and interests, the small details of life the like-minded folks may find illuminating, and we ask you to join us by providing […]

June 15, 2008

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Much linked elsewhere, Triple Canopy has published the first complete English translation of the Roberto Bolano’s 1999 speech accepting the Romulo Gallegos Prize. Keith Gessen of n+1 and All the Sad Young Literary Men has started a blog. People who like to make grand pronouncements about such things and/or snark about them are all aflutter. […]

June 5, 2008

The Millions Quiz: Nightstand Reader 13

So that you may get to know us better, we introduce The Millions Quiz, yet another occasionally appearing series. Here, as conceived of by our contributor Emily, we answer questions about our reading habits and interests, the small details of life the like-minded folks may find illuminating, and we ask you to join us by […]

May 26, 2008

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Who killed the literary critic?: “In the age of blogging, great critics appear to be on life support. Salon’s book reviewers discuss snobbery, how to make criticism fun and the need for cultural gatekeepers.” The ongoing, seemingly never ending discussion of the death of literature and criticism continues, though Salon’s interest in “how to make […]

May 18, 2008

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The O.E.D., the ultimate bibliophile’s extravagance may never again appear in a new print edition, according to the New York Times. (via) “The most talked about books of the 2008 spring season,” according to European newspapers. Like Kennedy buffs hunched over stills from the Zapruder film, Bolaño enthusiasts may find themselves scrutinizing the cover design […]