Curiosities

May 10, 2010

Book Collecting Bonanza 0

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At Bookride, the top 20 sites for book collectors.

May 8, 2010

Vanity Fair’s Beautiful Game 5

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Vanity Fair’s latest cover is proof that we live in an era in which men have the privilege of being just as objectified as women.   Nominally a celebration of the 2010 World Cup that kicks off in South Africa in June,  the magazine’s gay porn-ish cover features soccer superstars Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast […]

May 7, 2010

Sports Fiction 1

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In an unexpected crossover of the sporting and the literary, ESPN Magazine is running a sports-themed short fiction contest. They aren’t publicizing it online, but this PDF from the print mag has all the details.

May 6, 2010

Reviewer and Novelist Debate! 0

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“Perhaps I can’t fully feel empathy and emotion for characters when I feel nothing but disdain for them.”  Pank Magazine’s Kirsty Logan (who wrote today’s piece on the joys of unread books) debates with James Kaelan about We’re Getting On.

May 6, 2010

Film Critics, A Dying Breed 0

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The new media revolution has massacred the book review sections at many national newspapers, but it’s been just as unkind to movie reviewers.  At his  Salt Lake Tribune blog, Movie Cricket, SLT film critic Sean P. Means keeps a list of all of the movie reviewers who’ve gotten the axe.

May 6, 2010

Angel Face: Barbie Latza Nadeau on Student Killer Amanda Knox 4

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At The Daily Beast,  Newsweek reporter Barbie Latza Nadeau on Amanda Knox, the American university exchange student convicted of the murder of her roommate, an English exchange student, Meredith Kircher, by Italian criminal courts in December 2009.  The murder took place in Perugia, Italy, where both girls were studying abroad. The case, with its suggestions […]

May 5, 2010

For Whom the Blog Tolls 0

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The awesome Left Coast literary magazine Black Clock, whose presiding spirit is Steve Erickson, gets into the blogging game.

May 5, 2010

Guess Who’s Coming to the Awards Dinner? 0

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Percival Everett wins the Believer Book Award, for I Am Not Sidney Poitier: “a wickedly funny, stunningly imaginative, and wholly original book that addresses, head-on, sex, racism, religion, and wealth in America.”

May 5, 2010

DFW Details 0

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Craig Fehrman digs up and posts the Details‘ 1996 profile of David Foster Wallace that is mentioned a few times in Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself but has until now not been available online.

May 4, 2010

Tuesday New Release Day 0

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This week we have new on shelves: Julie Orringer’s hotly anticipated debut novel The Invisible Bridge; Meghan Daum’s memoir of real estate addiction Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House, Private Life by Jane Smiley, and The Singer’s Gun by our own Emily St. John Mandel.