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October 18, 2006

Tin House Gets Graphic 0

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Remember those kids who obsessively drew their own comics on loose leaf in school? It should come as no surprise that Michael Chabon and Jonathan Lethem were furiously scribbling away in their notebooks during their pre-teen years. In the latest issue of Tin House – “The Graphic Issue” – the editors have collected boyhood comics […]

October 16, 2006

The Death of Newspaper Book Sections 6

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Publishers Weekly has a very interesting article about newspaper book sections which points out that, with the exception of the New York Times, book review sections do not bring in enough ad revenue to cover their costs. Those of us who follow the newspaper industry are used to hearing all ills blamed on declining readership, […]

October 16, 2006

Questions for the Librarians 0

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Another installment of Ask the Librarians has arrived at emdashes, and it provides another fascinating look at the New Yorker. In this issue you can learn how the magazine got writers in its early years; who has had the most short stories published in the magazine all time and in a single year; all about […]

October 16, 2006

The LBC Autumn 2006 Pick 2

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The LBC members have unveiled their latest selection. It’s a great little book about a literary rat.

October 15, 2006

Without Feathers by Woody Allen: An Appreciation 4

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When was the last time you read something from the humor section? It’s probably been a while. If memory serves, that particular bookstore ghetto is filled with quickly dated political humor, books of redneck jokes, and similar diversions: Books some people might buy as gifts for non-readers, but never for themselves. Others wisely steer clear […]

October 13, 2006

Newjack by Ted Conover: A Review 0

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When officials at the New York State Department of Correctional Services turned down Ted Conover’s request to profile a new recruit in the Albany Training Academy, they did not suspect that the author would apply himself. If they had, Conover’s application to become a CO – correctional officer – probably would not have gone through. […]

October 12, 2006

R.I.P. & O.M.F.U.G. 0

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“A lot of the book business is timing,” editor Buzz Poole remarked Monday night. If that’s true, the launch party for CBGB: Decades of Graffiti represented some kind of weird cosmic collision. On one side of a wall, in CB’s 313 Gallery, ex-Voidoid (and novelist) Richard Hell, who penned the introduction, held court for friends […]

October 12, 2006

Rejected New Yorker Cartoons 0

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There are dozens collections of New Yorker cartoons available, and all of the will serve you well enough if you need a fix of that particular and unique brand of humor. A new collection, however, promises something a little different, the rejected cartoons: “Some were too racy, rude or rowdy. Some are too politically incorrect […]

October 12, 2006

Short Fiction Ripped From the Headlines 8

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I wasn’t a big fan of Joyce Carol Oates’ story “Landfill” in last week’s New Yorker. It felt to me a little too obvious, this story about an insecure college student’s drunken and accidental death thanks to the carelessness of the brothers at the fraternity where he was a pledge. It seemed too “ripped from […]

October 12, 2006

Orhan Pamuk Wins Nobel Prize 0

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It’s official. Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. As the Lit Saloon had noted, Pamuk had fallen somewhat out of favor with the oddsmakers leading up to the announcement, though he has been considered a likely winner for years. Pamuk is perhaps best known in recent years for being accused […]