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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.

April 30, 2007

Cottagers Week 0

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My nominee for this season at the LBC, The Cottagers by Marshall N. Klimasewiski, is being discussed this week. I hope you’ll join the discussion over there. My first post is on suspense and the contemporary novel.

April 27, 2007

Rock and Roll Breakfast 0

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You can’t swing your arms around in a general interest bookstore without hitting three or four “theme” cookbooks, which collect recipes related to a certain motif. This trend explains books like The Book Lover’s Cookbook, Dinner Dates: A Cookbook for Couples Cooking Together, and The Sopranos Family Cookbook. These are books you buy as gifts […]

April 19, 2007

New Work from Kapuscinski 1

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The Paris Review has published some work by Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski, who died last year. The essay (not available online) covers more of Kapuscinski’s travels through Africa, a familiar subject to those who have read his books. What’s notable is that this issue also includes some of Kapuscinski’s photography, which nicely augments his writing […]