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March 23, 2007

“Turgid Waters”: Zodiac Unmasked 1

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When I was a kid, I read People magazine. I mean read it. As in every week. A couple of years into my subscription, I could name the husbands of Elizabeth Taylor, the number of cars owned by Jay Leno, the blood-type of every member of the house of Windsor. Weirdly, People also taught me […]

March 15, 2007

Of Basketball, Betting, and Books 0

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I think it is appropriate that a cartel of organizations, many of which you have heard of and one or two of which you may have even been a part of, self-sloganizes with the term ‘Madness.’ This cartel relies on the complicity of its member organizations to achieve a singular goal: making large amounts of […]

March 7, 2007

Capitalism Births a Chinese Kafka 0

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As anyone who keeps up with world financial markets surely knows, the People’s Republic of China is booming. After the quashing of the Chinese democracy movement in Tienanmen Square in 1989, Deng Xiaoping did an about-face and introduced capitalism as a panacea for the woes of his country. Echoing the call “to get rich is […]

March 2, 2007

Mrs. Millions Reads: The Old Patagonian Express 2

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Mrs. Millions sent me a nice email yesterday (from the other room – funny how we communicate) that she thought I might want to share on the blog. It touches on the many things that reading can offer beyond just the story itself. And since Mrs. Millions puts up with all the time I spend […]

March 1, 2007

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: March 2007 1

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I’m not ready this month. Seriously. I’ve only had 28 days of reading, a good number of which I spent failing to write a short story and traveling to Minneapolis. I’ve only read two books. And one of them took me three weeks. I’m just not ready for February to be over. I shouldn’t complain, […]

February 26, 2007

Newspaper Violence 0

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It seems likely to me that a few readers will not get past the introduction of Pete Dexter’s new book, a collection of newspaper columns and magazine articles called Paper Trails. In it he lets us know that he had little interest in collecting his columns in the first place. He tells us that the […]

February 26, 2007

Obsession, Obsessively Told: A Review of Tom McCarthy’s Remainder 0

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What if… What if you were an anonymous urbanite, going about your daily routine in, say, London, when some indescribable airborne object falls through the nothingness and crash-lands on your head, forever altering your somethingness… What if that happened, and then it’s months later. You’ve doubled back from the abyss and there you are, at […]

February 18, 2007

The Seeds of Conflict: A Review of Guerrillas by Jon Lee Anderson 1

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Jon Lee Anderson is a top-tier foreign correspondent. Writing for the New Yorker, he has spent much of the current decade reporting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Unlike many of his “embedded” colleagues, however, Anderson strays far from the relative safety of American protection into the homes and offices of people on the ground, talking to […]

February 16, 2007

Janet Fitch In Black & White 8

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“Don’t read this book if you are depressed. Yikes.”–Amazon.com reader review of Paint It Black Janet Fitch has a new book out, Paint It Black, and so that this dark etching might be properly framed, and hopefully some light then cast in its direction, some background information will prove useful. Fitch’s first book, White Oleander, […]

February 10, 2007

Uncle Bob’s Van: A Review of Robert Stone’s Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties 1

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My father used to tell the story of the summer he spent touring Europe with his Uncle John. For five memorable weeks, he was allowed (or forced, depending on his mood) to ride shotgun in a decrepit VW bus, barnstorming the battlefields of World War II, listening to John – an uncle by marriage, practically […]