Curiosities

November 30, 2011

Japanese E-Book Aversion 0

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It’s hard to believe that a country with video games like this would be slow to adopt a new technology, but a recent survey indicates that Japanese people are not keen on e-books.

November 30, 2011

He’s Got Game. Literary Game. 0

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I could tease and build up Allison Hill‘s article on “Literary Seductions“, or I could just let the first line entice you on its own: “I once slept with a man because he gave me a copy of Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.”

November 30, 2011

Sasha’s Favorite Albums 0

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Sasha Frere-Jones, who you may know from his work at The New Yorker, has listed his favorite albums of 2011, and even put together a Spotify playlist of some of his favorite singles. Isn’t that nice of him?

November 30, 2011

Give the Gift of Dalkey 1

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It’s that time of year again. Dalkey Archive’s annual holiday sale is upon us. Grab 10 books for $65, or 20 books for $120 — and that includes shipping!

November 30, 2011

Nicole Krauss Interview 0

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Nicole Krauss and Robert Birnbaum discuss — among other things — Francis Bacon‘s studio.

November 29, 2011

Steal This Record 0

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Elvis Costello is calling the hefty price tag on his new box set “either a misprint or a satire” and advising fans to buy a Louis Armstrong box set or to wait until the discs included in his own box set are availble at a cheaper price “assuming that you have not already obtained them […]

November 29, 2011

Obama’s Books 0

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In support of “Small Business Saturday,” President Obama took his daughters shopping for books at Kramerbooks in D.C. So, which books made it to the register?

November 29, 2011

Susan Orlean’s Obsessions 0

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The Rumpus interviews Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief & most recently Rin Tin Tin) about her obsession with other people’s obsessions.

November 29, 2011

Why Book Critics Matter 1

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Let us now praise professional book reviewers, like them or not. And speaking of reviews, Niall Ferguson threatens the L.R.B. with legal action over a negative review of his new book, Civilization (via).

November 29, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Bernhard, Martin, Dickens 0

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Back in print is Thomas Bernhard’s memoir Gathering Evidence & My Prizes. Also new this week are a pair of spiffy box sets, George R.R. Martin’s Song Of Ice and Fire and the major works of Charles Dickens.