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July 2, 2007

Potter-madness Approaching Full Froth 0


It’s not just July, it’s the “Harry Potter month” to end all Harry Potter months. With book 7 coming out on the 21st, the frenzy will be ramping up over the next couple of weeks. Amazon has been doing its best to stoke the flames (recall the Harry-est Town in America promotion). A new press […]

July 2, 2007

Woody Allen’s Mere Anarchy Excerpted 0


Following up on our recent post about the new Woody Allen books now in stores, The Independent has an excerpt from Mere Anarchy, Allen’s collection of new work. It begins: “What evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows.” And with that came a fiendish cackle projecting shivers up my spine every Sunday […]

June 25, 2007

New and Old from Woody Allen 2


Here at The Millions we’ve praised Woody Allen’s writing over the years – Andrew discussed Without Feathers in 2005 and I did the same a year later. For fans like us, it’s been a good month. While Allen’s movies have been coming along unabated for decades, there’s been less on offer for fans of Allen’s […]

June 13, 2007

WTF: Classx 2 Yr Phone 1


A few weeks back, Reuters reported on a new website called Daily Lit, which blasts short clips of classic literature to subscribers’ email addresses every day. Readers can take in Anna Karenina via Blackberry, in five-minute chunks disbursed over fourteen months. “Our audience includes people like us, who spend hours each day on e-mail but […]

May 29, 2007

Options for Basement Booksellers 4


Last week, online used book retailer Alibris announced a new program called Alibris Basic targeting “small and moderate booksellers,” i.e. non-professionals. The program appears to differ from Alibris’ main offering in terms of pricing: You can list up to 1,000 items for sale, and you only pay $1 plus a small commission for each one […]

May 22, 2007

The Spy: Ryszard Kapuscinski 3


News has emerged from Poland that renowned journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski may have at one time been a collaborator with the secret police there. Apparently he is the latest of several prominent figures in Poland whose past ties to the Communist regime have been revealed. I’ve often wondered, when reading Kapuscinski’s books, how he was able […]

May 17, 2007

A Rare Treat for Murakami Fans: Pinball, 1973 8


If you need to get your Murakami fix, but can’t stomach the idea of picking up After Dark, here’s your solution. Written in 1980, Pinball, 1973 was Murakmai’s second novel. It was published by Kodansha and has been out of print for several years, although it’s available at Amazon for a whopping $225. The book […]

May 11, 2007

Jason Lazarus’ Nirvana: Honor in Confusion 1


Noah’s post reminded me that I’ve been meaning to direct readers to an amazing project being undertaken by Chicago-based photographer Jason Lazarus. “The Nirvana Project” asks participants to document, in words and images, the people who turned them on to Nirvana. A gallery of the responses Jason has received so far can be viewed at […]

May 10, 2007

Top Potter Town Gets Prize, Boy-Wizard Bragging Rights 1


Likely aware that most of us are now jaded to the astronomical sales numbers that the Harry Potter books put up, Amazon has grabbed shoppers’ attention with an interesting ploy. The site is now looking to inspire further frenzies of buying by pitting town against town. “The Harry-est Town in America” is the American city […]

May 7, 2007

Ben Kunkel’s Nirvana 1


It is of passing interest to me when a site like Gawker gets bookish. So they did on Saturday in a typically hard -to-peg post about Ben Kunkel’s piece in this weekend’s NY Times Book Review in which the “it-novelist” discussed the new Nirvana biography, Nirvana: The Biography, by Everett True. I often have no […]