Articles by Janet Potter

February 28, 2011

Getting to Know the Presidents: The Presidential Biography Project 28

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

Nerd 1.0: Patton Oswalt’s Zombie Spaceship Wasteland 3

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

Love Par Avion 1

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

Staff Pick: Bleak House and The Dickensian Way 13

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

Rainy Day Books 0

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

Portlandia 0

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.

January 9, 2011

Must Love Books 0

The New York Times has a piece about niche dating websites that includes Alikewise, a matchmaking site for bibliophiles. Users can search for people based on age, sex, location, and, for instance, whether or not they like Bukowski.

September 10, 2010

Stieg Larsson: Swedish Narcissus 100

In any other book, I would see these tactics as pandering to the baser instincts of the reading public. But in this book, in which Mikael is so obviously a stand-in for Stieg, it’s just tacky. Especially since this Stieg/Mikael amalgamation has also appointed himself head of the Respecting Women Committee.

August 11, 2010

Kung Fu Graphic Novel Achievement Unlocked: The Scott Pilgrim Series 1

Even within this unruly genre, the Scott Pilgrim series is unique in its flexible relationship with convention, borrowing freely from anime, video games, movies, and pop culture.