Articles by Janet Potter
April 30, 2011
While his world looks like fantasy (bastards! dwarves! whores! knights!), and the action revolves around the question of the seven kingdoms’ throne, the focus is on the clashing relationships and motivations of the people involved in the struggle.
April 26, 2011
We can never know the people who came before us, but we can own their dining tables, walk the streets they walked, put the Japanese knick-knacks they bought in our pockets, and infuse them with meaning.
March 22, 2011
This double-sided approach – a keen insight into the forces of history combined with an appreciative delight in the coincidental – is so unmistakably her own it might as well be called Vowelling.
March 17, 2011
This week, Melville House is donating all profits from books purchased on their website to Japan disaster relief.
February 28, 2011
Much as I love Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, I have a much more personal affection for the likes of Madison and Fillmore.
February 14, 2011
If he’d been in a club getting sweat on by Fugazi, he never would have spent all those nights listening to R.E.M. and reading William Gibson, which gave him the sense of pride that comes from finding something you love and keeping it to yourself.
February 3, 2011
Paravion Press, a small press born in a small Greek island’s bookshop, print postcard-sized editions of short stories that are designed to be sent by mail, complete with a page for your correspondence and an envelope. To celebrate their Valentine’s publication of Katherine Mansfield’s “Feuille d’Album,” they’re holding a Romantic Haiku Challenge, whose winner will […]
January 31, 2011
You have to embrace Bleak House for what it is – a rambling, confusing, verbose, over-populated, vastly improbable story which substitutes caricatures for people and is full of puns. In other words, an 800-page Dickens novel.
January 26, 2011
Someone left a manuscript out in the rain. On their tumblr blog, Doubleday Books share two pictures of their offices repurposed to dry it out.
January 13, 2011
If you or someone you love has ever mentioned a McSweeney’s article to sound cool, you’ll feel right at home in this clip from IFC’s new show, Portlandia, in which Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein skewer Portland’s bookish hipsters.