Quick Hits

November 22, 2010

Internet Stunts Vs. Blurbs: Is There a Difference? 1

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Marketing a book is more of an uphill battle than ever in our forget-me-now culture of constant media noise. And so were born internet literary stunts.

October 30, 2010

If You Don’t Read “Cul de Sac,” You Really Probably Should 1

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The comic is vibrant, warm, and beautifully drawn; unlike its staggering peers, it’s outrageously alive.

October 20, 2010

On Reading Snow in Turkish 4

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I ride to school and whisper words like “threshold,” “doomsday,” and “willow tree.”

October 19, 2010

Hemingway, Michaels, Bellows: The Art of the Episodic Short Story 5

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Finishing a story – a good, well-written story – about a character both well developed and personally intriguing, and knowing that another story about that very same character is out there somewhere, has become, for me, one of the best feelings in the world.

September 30, 2010

When I’m in the Mood for Fiction 12

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Fiction can be depressing, of course, but there’s something intrinsically optimistic about the process by which tragedy and frailty are turned into art.

September 28, 2010

T-Shirts I Have Known 4

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Remembering vanished shirts is a somewhat wistful thing. Each one means so much, yet each will disappear.

September 23, 2010

Stockholm Syndrome: Two Books on High Finance 3

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Dennis Hopper is the neoliberal consensus, the crazy person waving the Glock around is the financial industry, the bullet is a two trillion dollars in losses, and the poor hostage being jerked hither and yon is you and me.

September 15, 2010

Never Let You Go: Friendship in the Facebook Age 15

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Is it better to let a friendship end naturally or to sustain it on Facebook life support?

September 13, 2010

The Book as Cross-Town Bus: The Pleasures of Hometown Reading 0

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Reading about one’s hometown doesn’t transport so much as extend, enlarging our maps with each page. Whether in comics, films, or novels, this verisimilitude is a gift—recognition that you actually exist.

September 2, 2010

File Under: Self-Realization in Women 1

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Elizabeth Gilbert speaks to fantasies, specifically the 21st century American variety of jet-set enlightenment.