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January 18, 2008

The Many Rules of Writing 4


Many writers staring at the blank page have longed for rules to guide them in their efforts, and many such rules have been offered. Elmore Leonard made a foray into this crowded genre late last year with his new book, Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing. The book is adapted from a 2001 New York […]

January 5, 2008

Millions Meta-Data 2007 0


I was going through the site analytics, checking out what kind of year The Millions had and I thought it might be fun to share some of the stuff I found out. Looking at the site’s most visited pages, there were some “evergreen” favorites in the top spots: Hard to Pronounce Literary Names Redux: the […]

January 4, 2008

The Most Anticipated Books of 2008 16


With 2007 in the rear view mirror, we now look ahead to a new year of reading, one packed with intriguing titles. Let’s kick off with a pair that Garth was already pining for a year ago: Jonathan Littell’s Les Bienveillantes (The Kindly Ones) won the Prix Goncourt and was a runaway bestseller in France. […]

November 26, 2007

What, if Anything, I Taught Them 3


This fall, among other pursuits, I’ve been teaching one section of “Composition & Rhetoric” at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. I’ve led fiction writing workshops at the university level before, but this has been my first foray into expository writing. At times, I’ve found myself questioning my professorial fitness (as regular readers of this blog […]

November 24, 2007

The Notables 1


This year’s New York Times Notable Books of the Year is out. At 100 titles, the list is more of a catalog of the noteworthy than a distinction. Looking at the fiction, it appears that some of these books crossed our radar as well: The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perotta: A most anticipated book. After […]

July 27, 2007

A History of Magic: A Children’s Librarian Reflects on Harry Potter, and Offers a Post-Hogwarts Syllabus 3


As the media phenomenon du jour, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has put pressure on the commentariat to provide Potter-related context or controversy – anything to get readers to spend a few minutes with us, rather than J.K. Rowling! And herein lies a danger: in our zeal to ride Harry’s coattails (broomstick?) to glory, […]

July 16, 2007

The McSweeney’s Top 10: A Highly Subjective List 2


For no reason other than that it is July, we forthwith offer a highly subjective ranking of the best issues of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern. (Editor’s Note: Many of these issues no longer seem to be available at the McSweeney’s Store. We remind you, however, that in the wake of the AMS/PGW fiasco, buying directly from […]

June 26, 2007

The Most Anticipated Books of the Rest of 2007 8


With year nearly half over, it’s time once again to look ahead at books that will be arriving in the coming months. 2007 was very much a front-loaded year in terms of big-name literary releases with heavyweights like Delillo, McEwan, Murakami, Lethem, and Chabon all dropping new titles early in the year. The second half […]

June 20, 2007

Reading in Translation 1


Tomorrow, as part of Scott’s month-long Reading the World series, I’ll have a review of Per Petterson’s In the Wake up at Conversational Reading. Reading the World is focused on “bringing international voices to the attention of readers,” and reading In the Wake and considering it as a “work in translation” rather than simply a […]

April 1, 2007

Ask a Book Question: The 52nd in a Series (Paris Reading) 4


Judy writes in looking for something to read on an upcoming trip abroad: I am going to Paris for a week in April. I want to read at least a couple novels set in Paris before I go. I want them to be contemporary (as in written recently) by a French author but translated into […]