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June 25, 2007

New and Old from Woody Allen 2

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

May 4, 2007

From Project Gutenberg, a lost story by Kurt Vonnegut 7

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Way back in 1971, before I was even born, and the use of the words “personal computer” would have branded the speaker a science fiction junkie, Michael Hart started Project Gutenberg, an effort to digitize the world’s books. Although the project has since been superseded by more ambitious efforts (i.e. Google Books), Project Gutenberg, with […]

May 1, 2007

A Three Hour Tour 0

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As part of our week discussing The Cottagers at the LBC, we’re discussing bad vacations. Share your harrowing tale of a vacation gone awry and you could win a copy of the book.