Curiosities

January 25, 2010

New David Mitchell Cover 0

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David Mitchell’s anticipated novel The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, now has a cover. It appears rather dreamy and influenced by Japanese art.

January 25, 2010

1,000 on Twitter 1

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Cheers to @Selorian for becoming the 1,000th follower of @The_Millions on Twitter.

January 22, 2010

Bookless in Laredo 0

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As of last week, Laredo, Texas, a city of 250,000 people has no bookstore. A sign of the coming apocalypse or a great business opportunity? You decide.

January 22, 2010

Kafka’s last living friend remembers 0

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Alice Herz-Sommer, a 106-year-old Holocaust survivor and the last living person who knew Franz Kafka personally, reminisces about her friend in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz: “Kafka was a slightly strange man…”

January 22, 2010

Welcome Emily St. John Mandel! 0

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To kick off 2010, we at The Millions are thrilled to announce that Emily St. John Mandel has joined us as a regular contributor. Emily lives in Brooklyn. Her first novel, Last Night In Montreal, was recently published by Unbridled Books; her second novel, The Singer’s Gun, will be published by the same press in […]

January 22, 2010

Free Kindles for Big Readers 1

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TechCrunch has discovered that Amazon is (essentially) giving away free Kindles to those readers who are in the prime Kindle demographic: readers who order a lot of books each year.

January 20, 2010

Monkeys and Donkeys 1

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Yann Martel’s anticipated follow-up to Life of Pi, Beatrice and Virgil, now has a cover. Yes, that’s a monkey riding a donkey.

January 19, 2010

Tuesday New Releases 0

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Among the books hitting shelves this week are Pulitzer winner and New Yorker staffer Louis Menand’s The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University and memoirist and poet Nick Flynn’s The Ticking is the Bomb. Also new, Melville House is putting out a novella, Union Jack, by Nobel laureate Imre Kertész, and […]

January 19, 2010

Carver and Lish, Revisited 0

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On the heels of our recent look at the dynamic between Raymond Carver and Gordon Lish, a close reading of versions of Carver’s stories, with and without Lish’s editorial involvement.

January 17, 2010

Carl Köhler in Toronto 0

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The University of Toronto now has a webpage up for its current exhibition “Beyond the Words: Author Portraits by Carl Köhler.” See some of Köhler’s remarkable portraits of artists and intellectuals and read about him here.