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July 12, 2007

In Praise of Wyatt Mason 0

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It’s been over a decade since James Wood came on the scene to reclaim literary criticism as its own kind of literature, and though all his enthusiasts have a top-ten list of the Wood essays with which they most strenuously disagree, he comes by his reputation as “our best critic” honestly. Indeed, disagreeing with Wood […]

July 11, 2007

Canadians Paying Steep Prices for New Books 2

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Book hoarder that I am, I tend to buy most things second-hand, occasionally remaindered, almost always paperback, ideally pocketbook. But never hot-off-the-shelf hardcover. Okay, occasionally. When Bob Dylan’s Chronicles came out a couple of years ago, I bought it after work on the first day and actually refused to return home without a newly-minted copy […]

July 7, 2007

On the Road Scroll Rolls into Bookstores 2

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Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is known as much for its content as for the story surrounding its creation: Kerouac wrote in a frenzied three weeks, typing furiously on a continuous scroll of paper, or so the story goes. The truth is though, while there is indeed a scroll – it has toured the country […]

July 7, 2007

Tallying Up the Wives 3

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The Economist gets my award for best infographic of the week with this visual tally of the wives of the leading Republican presidential candidates. Judging by this criteria, Mitt Romney appears to have a clear advantage over his rivals. (source)

July 3, 2007

A Reader’s Affliction 2

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In the Indian newspaper Business Standard, Nilanjana S. Roy declares “There is always a point in the life of the avid reader when you have to make a choice between your books and your sanity.” She is not saying that reading will drive you mad but that the multiplying volumes owned by many book lovers […]

July 2, 2007

Potter-madness Approaching Full Froth 0

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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

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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

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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 […]