April 23, 2006

A Ship of Books 4


Recently, I happened upon a news story from a paper in India about a floating library, a giant ship of books, that was set to dock in Chennai. It sounded like something out of Borges, and I looked into it further. The MV Doulos is the world’s oldest active ocean-faring passenger ship. In its long […]

January 27, 2006

A Bit about Frey 0


I haven’t said much about the James Frey fiasco, just because it’s been covered so well by other blogs and news outlets, but I did want to share a couple of thoughts: I was working at a bookstore when A Million Little Pieces first came out in April 2003, and I think it should be […]

October 12, 2005

Books: an inventory of life 0


My life boxed and crated. Transient. Completely uprooting my existence and collapsing it into the family Honda. University in one town. Internships in another. Back and forth, ping-ponging along Ontario’s highways every four months for about five years. Years ago, this was my life. I learned to adjust to my new surroundings very quickly. Whatever […]

September 6, 2005

Book blogs: do they matter? 0


Here’s another one: this time it’s a CS Monitor article by Randy Dotinga called “Book blogs’ buzz grows louder.” Over the last year many newspapers have printed some variation of this article. In it, the author introduces his readers to this online literary subculture book blogs. (And once again The Millions fails to get mentioned, […]

September 4, 2005

A Perspective on Orhan Pamuk 0


Funny how things work. I got 3 emails from friends asking what I think about Orhan Pamuk’s prosecution. As you might have heard, Turkey is bringing charges against the prominent writer for denigrating the country. Clearly, this is a rather backward move in a country with aspirations of joining the EU. The issues at hand […]

August 26, 2005

Amazon shorts: a good idea, but a missed opportunity 0


One of the bigger stories in the literary world this week was the launch of Amazon Shorts. As you may have read, the program allows authors to sell short works (the program offers many varieties of fiction and non-fiction and includes essays, book chapters and short stories) at the flat rate of 49 cents a […]

June 27, 2005

The Reading Queue Revisited 8


I created my reading queue about a year and half ago because I decided I needed a system to help me work through my big to be read pile. The main problem, as I wrote at the time, was that there were a number of books in my TBR pile that I was interested in […]

June 23, 2005

Distinguished in a David Niven mustache 0


I suppose it’s what you do with luck that ultimately determines whether it was good or bad. The luck itself is kind of ephemeral, landing in your lap, ready to be spun and twisted into something more substantial. Ready to be given a direction. I was on an airplane recently – destination Norway via Frankfurt. […]

April 26, 2005

Battle of the Sexes (Part Deux) 0


I’m glad to see my last post got people talking. I guess I have to get into specifics now. Keep in mind that I’ve only read about ten books this year because it took me all of January and February to read Robert Caro’s massive biography of Robert Moses, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and […]

April 25, 2005

Battle of the Sexes by Patrick Brown 0


Earlier in the year, I took a look back at the books I’d read in 2004. I was surprised to find that most of them were by men. I’d always thought of myself as a guy who reads good books, regardless of who wrote them, but the facts proved otherwise. My girlfriend, meanwhile, pointed out […]