Curiosities

December 8, 2010

Big-timers 0

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Klosterman profiles Franzen for GQ.

December 8, 2010

Los Angeles Literary Highlights 0

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Los Angeles-based Millions readers might be interested in some upcoming readings/events with Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch, the authors of Ten Walks/Two Talks.  They’ll be at The Public School with Grace Krilanovich on Saturday, 12/11, at Family with Maggie Nelson on Sunday, 12/12, and at Book Soup with Tom Lutz on Thursday, 12/16.

December 7, 2010

Amazon Shows Off ‘Kindle for the Web’ 0

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Amazon is battling the multi-platform capabilities of Google’s new ebookstore with its new “Kindle for the Web.” The demo makes it look pretty easy on the eyes. Kindle books were already accessible on a number of mobile platforms. What’s new here is taking the Kindle capabilities to the PC.

December 7, 2010

The Peculiar Science of Hating The Beatles 0

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At The Vulture, Nitsuh Abebe explains in seven steps how to do the impossible: convincingly hate The Beatles. It’s not easy, by the looks of it.

December 7, 2010

Something Brewing on Twitter 0

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Be sure you’re following @The_Millions on Twitter if you’re interested in entering our first ever sponsored giveaway of a special signed book. Look for details on Twitter later today.

December 7, 2010

Tuesday New Release Day 0

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Andrew O’Hagan, whose books have gotten some Booker Prize notice over the years, has a new one out (it’s been out in the UK for a while now) called The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe, which, as the title perhaps suggests, is told in the voice of […]

December 6, 2010

Tis the Season: Micro-Volunteering 1

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Imagine how many volunteer hours you could log if volunteering was as easy as playing a game of FarmVille or watching a video on YouTube.  Now it is, thanks to Ben Rigby and the other folks at Sparked (formerly The Extraordinaries).  Sparked directs you to challenges suited to your skills and interests submitted by nonprofits […]

December 6, 2010

New TQC 0

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The newest issue of The Quarterly Conversation is up. Eclectic as ever, it features pieces on Yasushi Inoue, Jose Saramago, Stephen Dixon, Thomas Bernhard, and more.

December 6, 2010

The Art of Fiction No. 207: Jonathan Franzen 0

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“I’ve never felt less self-consciously preoccupied with language than I did when I was writing Freedom.” Lorin Stein introduces The Paris Review’s new Winter issue, and includes excerpts from the Art of Fiction interview with Jonathan Franzen.

December 6, 2010

Google Enters the eBookstore Ring 1

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Google took the wraps off its long-awaited ebookstore today. Google ebooks can be bought at Google Books and are also available at Powells and indie bookstore portal IndieBound (both of which are missing out on some serious publicity by not having info about this on their front page today). The ebooks are readable on a […]