Curiosities

August 25, 2014

Inseparable 0

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Male bonding can take many forms, among them the rarely-seen joint book tour, which Mike Harvkey and Josh Weil decided to undertake in support of their new novels. The two write about meeting each other, travelling around America and bouncing ideas off trusted friends in a Salon essay. FYI, our own Bill Morris wrote a piece about his own book tour for The Daily Beast.

August 24, 2014

George Eliot & Siblings 0

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Recommended reading: Sara Paretsky writes for The Independent on George Eliot‘s The Mill on the Floss and the sibling bond so seldom portrayed in English fiction.

August 24, 2014

Libraries: Future and Present 0

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“Flooded with data as we are, each day brings even more innovations and technologies to help us mine, sort, and generate even more information. Asking about the future of libraries is another way of asking where this big, hot mess of information is taking us.” Justin Wadland reviews three books on libraries and attempts to […]

August 24, 2014

Indie Road Trip 0

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Something to do with those last remaining days of vacation: go on a national indie bookstore tour, as designed by Chin Music Press.

August 23, 2014

The Dead Author’s Home 0

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J.D. Salinger‘s house is on the market and generating plenty of buzz, but before you make an offer consider “what does it mean to want to live in a dead writer’s house? When does fandom devolve into idolatry?”

August 23, 2014

“Who Speaks Wukchumni?” 0

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Recommended viewing: “Who Speaks Wukchumni?”

August 23, 2014

The Crisis of the Canon 0

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“I don’t start with disorder; I start with the tradition. If you’re not trained in the tradition, then deconstruction means nothing.” On Derrida, Foucault, and the deconstructionist defense of the canon.

August 22, 2014

The History of Print 0

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This week in book-related infographics: The History of Print.

August 22, 2014

Truth with a Dragon 0

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Jeff Vandermeer writes for the Los Angeles Times about autobiographical influence in fantasy and sci-fi and argues that “there’s little or no difference in process or results compared to “normal” fiction, except that sometimes you end up with a dragon in your story and sometimes you don’t.” Pair with Alex Trivilino‘s account of “binge-reading” Vandermeer’s […]

August 22, 2014

The Reality of Slang 0

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“What makes a word ‘real’?” Should groan-inducing words like “adorkable” be counted? Anne Curzan, language historian, gives a Ted talk about the human element in dictionaries and the importance of slang.