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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 […]

May 10, 2008

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Author Elaine Dundy died last week. Terry Teachout excerpted his introduction to her book, The Dud Avocado. Edan mentioned the book not long ago in a “staff picks” post. “The One-Room M.F.A. Program“ For John O’Brien, “Three” is not the magic number. Car names deemed “too academic:” Dodge Dissertation Defense V8, Chrysler Course Calendar Convertible, […]

May 1, 2008

Ask a Book Question (#59): Books for Recent Graduates 4

Bryan wrote in with this question: I’m a 2007 graduate of Columbia. I majored in American Studies with a concentration in 20th century American literature. I’m a huge fan of the Millions. I’m attaching a recent reading list, if there’s any chance you’d be interested in giving a book recommendation [based on it], that would […]

April 26, 2008

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David Foster Wallace stranded on a desert island. Another reason to love Washington Post critic Jonathan Yardley: his refreshingly enthusiastic take on “slacker fiction” and All the Sad Young Literary Men by Keith Gessen, who, admittedly, “scarcely qualifies as a slacker.” Paul Auster was a protesting, fence-tearing, rioting crazy ’68er, too, it turns out. The […]

April 15, 2008

Staff Picks: Sacks, Wittgenstein, Hendrix 1

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 Island Of The Colorblind by […]

April 8, 2008

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It’s good to see James Wood covering Richard Price in The New Yorker; and even better to hear Price himself on Fresh Air. And also from The New Yorker, may we recommend Dan Chiasson’s wonderful essay on Frank O’Hara? Luc Sante’s blog pretty much has to be good. Derek, the guy who got both Max […]

March 29, 2008

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An excerpt of the lost and recently found Alexandre Dumas novel The Last Cavalier An assessment of poetic cliches in VQR. The surprise: some actually improve your chance of getting published. Jennifer Gilmore interviews the criminally underrated Max Apple. That novelists’ strike not working out so well. Despite some withering condescension, Robert Gottlieb has interesting […]

March 15, 2008

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The Economist’s nifty, new(?) culture mag More Intelligent Life is putting together guides to the best critics, including those who cover books; film; dance, art, and classical music, and rock music. Scott has performed a similar exercise for book reviewers, as well. Polite magazine: “Where Are They Now? A visit with Encyclopedia Brown“ The estimable […]