Curiosities

October 7, 2009

Latino Book and Family Festival 1

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Los Angeles-based readers of The Millions might be interested in this weekend’s Latino Book and Family Festival at the Cal State LA campus.  Authors in attendance include Helena María Viramontes, Eduardo Santiago, and Luis J. Rodriguez, among others.

October 6, 2009

Free Rice 1

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Compassionate procrastination for vocab nerds!  Improve your vocabulary (or study for the SAT) while helping end world hunger at Free Rice.

October 6, 2009

Murakami to Release Third Volume of 1Q84 0

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As predicted, Haruki Murakami is hard at work on volume three of 1Q84. The Japan Times reports that the finale (?) of Murakami’s latest novel is slated to come out in Japanese next summer. Still no word on when we’ll see it in English.

October 6, 2009

Libraries Pitch In 0

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Libraries are doing double-time.  At NPRs Planet Money, a librarian writes in about how her local library is offering recession resources to those most affected by unemployment.

October 6, 2009

The FTC and Foggy Disclosure Rules 0

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Ed Champion interviews the FTC’s Richard Cleland in an effort to bring some clarity to the new FTC disclosure rules targeting “bloggers.” If this interview is any indication, the rules are imprecise and based on a false distinction, at best. For what it’s worth, I’ll happily disclose that we do get sent books for review […]

October 6, 2009

This Week’s New Releases 0

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A.S. Byatt’s new novel The Children’s Book has won a ton of praise overseas – it may take home the Booker tonight — and now it’s finally available in the States. Meanwhile, Michael Chabon is trying his hand at memoir with his new book, Manhood for Amateurs.

October 5, 2009

Dan Brown’s Worst 0

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At The Telegraph, a list of Dan Brown‘s worst sentences.

October 5, 2009

Appearing Elsewhere 0

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Park Slopers, I’ll be reading tonight at 7 p.m. at The Community Bookstore on 7th Avenue, with our former guest contributor Joshua Henkin and some other folks, in celebration of the long running literary magazine Glimmer Train. It would be lovely to see some familiar faces, or new ones.

October 5, 2009

5 under 35 0

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The National Book Foundation announces the 5 Under 35 Selections for 2009.

October 5, 2009

Best Music of the Decade 0

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Pitchfork names the top albums of the 2000s.