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April 9, 2009

Kindle 2 Sends ebook Sales Through the Roof (Around Here) 6

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Amazon has been notoriously vague about sales of Kindle ebooks and of the Kindles themselves, but looking at the Amazon stats at The Millions, we can see that Kindle ebook sales have jumped by an order of magnitude since the launch of the new version. When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the second iteration of […]

April 9, 2009

Honey Pie You Are Making Me Crazy: A Review of Arthur Phillips’s The Song Is You 1

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If Arthur Phillips’s fourth and latest novel, The Song Is You, were to spontaneously transmogrify into music, I’d wager a bet that it would take the form of a pop-infused iPod playlist. The two are kindred spirits for the most obvious reasons. The fortysomething Julian Donahue roams Brooklyn streets, dog runs, and subway cars always […]

April 8, 2009

National Poetry Month: Terese Svoboda 0

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Terese Svoboda’s fifth book of poetry, Weapons Grade, will be published by the University of Arkansas Press this fall. A line of poetry by Terese: “A fly with a human head/ heads for your screen. It’s Mom.” Since Weapons Grade, my forthcoming collection, is all about occupations, I thought I’d direct your attention this April […]

April 7, 2009

If Every Day Were Really Like Sunday… 2

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…I’d have to bite the bullet and get Tivo, because in the last few weeks, the Christian Sabbath has become a televisual feast day for people of the book. The 8 p.m. time slot currently offers a difficult choice between NBC’s quasi-Biblical Kings (recommended by Emily) and HBO’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (filmed […]

April 7, 2009

National Poetry Month: Nathaniel Bellows 2

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Nathaniel Bellows is the author of the novel, On This Day, and a collection of poems, Why Speak?. A line of poetry by Nathaniel: “It takes youth to witness such desperation and read it / as joy…” At a recent reading in New England, I was asked two questions that stumped me. They shouldn’t have, […]

April 7, 2009

Tonight on 4th Avenue 0

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Tonight’s installment of the Pacific Standard Fiction series in Brooklyn is a special “NYFA night,” featuring three 2008 fiction fellows of the New York Foundation for the Arts. They are: National Book Award-nominee Christine Schutt, author of All Souls; Guggenheim honoree Paul LaFarge, author of Haussmann, or The Distinction; and me. Drink specials will benefit […]

April 6, 2009

Torch Ballads & Jukebox Music #3: Sidelined By Pete Doherty 1

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This isn’t the music post I’d planned on writing today. I was going to tell you all about the time a certain British guitar legend from the 60s shouted at me and a friend (yes, at us – specifically at us) across a packed hall in Greenwich Village eleven years ago. I was all set […]

April 6, 2009

Modern Library Revue: #70 Alexandria Quartet (Two Durrells) 10

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The four novels (Justine, Balthazar, Mountolive, Clea) which make up Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet share the #70 spot on the Modern Library list. For various reasons I lay down on the job and only read one of them, Justine, so I am not at all qualified to talk about the series. But I do have […]

April 5, 2009

Curiosities: Dancing About Architecture 2

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Debut short story writer Matthew Vollmer gets some love. For those left baffled by descriptions of “the Purdie shuffle” in last week’s New Yorker and New York Times, the mighty Bernard “Pretty” Purdie offers a demonstration. At the International Edible Book Festival, you can chase down your Remembrance of Things Pasta with some Rosencrantz and […]

April 3, 2009

National Poetry Month: Zach Savich 0

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Zach Savich’s first book of poems, Full Catastrophe Living, won the 2008 Iowa Poetry Prize. He has recent work in Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, notnostrums, Bat City Review, and the anthology Best New Poets 2008. You can read an interview with him here. A line of poetry by Zach: “I am made of feelings and […]