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December 7, 2009

The Road: A Comedic Translation (Part 2) 6


The city was blackened, burned to completion. No sign of life. Not a hobo nor trollop, tourist nor knishvendor. Cars swimbled with ash, heavy with parkingtickets. Never to be paid nor contested, no weary fist shaken at the judge’s vacant robes.

December 3, 2009

You Autocomplete Me 2


If Carl Jung had lived to see Google Search, he might have had a thing or two to say about how its auto suggest function is revealing the Internet’s collective unconscious.

November 4, 2009

Obama’s Brother Publishes a Novel 2


The book draws extensively on Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo’s life in Kenya and China and prominently features an account of his relationship with the President’s father.

November 4, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are: The Best Short Film of 2009 13


Spike Jonze says that this is a film about childhood, not necessarily a film for children. If he is talking about the trailer, he is absolutely right.

October 28, 2009

About the Author 29


Getting one’s picture taken for a book jacket must be a daunting task. How do you decide how to represent yourself to the reading public?

October 27, 2009

Tina Brown, Goin’ Rogue, and the Limits of Timeliness 0


Isn’t the erstwhile “Queen of Buzz” part of the problem of dwindling attention spans, rather than part of the solution?

October 21, 2009

The Road: A Comedic Translation (Part 1) 20


The trees dead, the grass dead, the shrubs dead also. The rivers dead. And the streams and reeds, the mosses and voles. Dead as well.

October 15, 2009

The Kakutani Two-Step 26


It goes like this: belittle a novelist’s finest work to date – preferably by tossing around unsupported adjectives. Then, five or six years later, when the novelist in question brings forth his next book, complain loudly about how lame it is compared to his previous masterwork, which, it is to be inferred, you adored. Bonus points if you actually use the word “masterwork.”

October 14, 2009

Small Presses and Nobel Prize Glory 9


The day after the Nobel was announced, the press had 3,000 backorders for Müller’s book Nadirs.

September 30, 2009

Domo Arigato, Mr. Erratum 5


To build his or her collection, the collector of this niche item has to do nothing more than sit around and read. Didn’t find one? Well, maybe next time. No big deal. It was still a pretty good book, right?