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February 17, 2007

Ask a Book Question: The 49th in a Series (A Miniature Story) 1

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Molly writes in with this question: I’m hoping you remember a short story from the New Yorker published, I think, in 2006. Of course I don’t remember the author or title, or the date of publication (spring? fall? no idea). But the story was about a minaturist who worked for a king, he made intricate […]

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 14, 2007

Wednesday Links 0

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From icy Philadelphia, some links to start the day: The latest round at the LBC is over, but we’ve posted our nominees for the next round. Read the books now so you can discuss them with us in a month or so. I was a nominator this round and my pick is The Cottagers by […]

February 13, 2007

Adventures in Publishing: A Field Guide to the North American Family 4

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I’m pleased to announce that Mark Batty Publisher, a New York-based art & design press, will be publishing my first book this spring. Modeled on fin-de-siecle scientific manuals, A Field Guide to the North American Family: An Illustrated Novella presents the story of two families in 63 alphabetized entries: Adolescence, Boredom, Commitment… A lavish, full-color […]

February 12, 2007

War Poetry. What is it Good For? 2

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During the Second World War – unquestionably the “decisive, ideological struggle” of its time – the government instituted a draft, income taxes rose as high as 82%, food and luxury goods were rationed, and people further participated in the war effort by buying war bonds and planting victory gardens. What the President has often referred […]

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 […]

February 9, 2007

Food Fight: Anthony Bourdain Slams Rachael Ray 33

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5/29/08: Welcome The Lede readers. Thanks for stopping by! Once you’re done reading about Rachael Ray and Anthony Bourdain, check out some of our more recent articles or have a look at our Notable Posts, listed in the right sidebar. If you like what you see, subscribe to our RSS feed. –The Millions We’ve talked […]

February 9, 2007

HarperCollins BlogHer Follow Up 1

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Following up on my recent post about HarperCollins teaming with the BlogHer women’s blog network, I received from clarifications from HarperCollins on the nature of the arrangement. As I noted, HarperCollins is sponsoring “virtual book tours,” making review copies of several books available for bloggers in the network to read and review “and participate in […]

February 9, 2007

A Note on Literary Nonfiction 0

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Though I’m a little late in getting around to it, I wanted note Scott’s recent essay on literary nonfiction at Conversational Reading. Inspired by the recent discussion of Ryszard Kapuscinski following his death, Scott highlights three notable practitioners of the form: Lawrence Weschler, Jonathan Raban, and Geoff Dyer. I am a huge fan of literary […]

February 8, 2007

Literary Magazines: A Roundtable, Part 3 0

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For Part 3 of our Literary Magazines Roundtable, we talked to Christopher D. Salyers, one of the editors of the New York-based SIC. Salyers comes from a design background, and it shows. The first issue of SIC has a beautiful cover, and, better yet, fits in your back pocket for ease of transport. The Millions: […]