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September 28, 2009

The Impish Delight of Edward Gorey 2

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Two assumptions are often made about the magnificent writer and illustrator Edward Gorey. First, that he is British. Second, that he is long dead.

September 28, 2009

True Blood 1

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Let them drink blood.  Seriously (kind of).

September 25, 2009

Best of the Millennium, Pros Versus Readers 85

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Our distinguished panel selected 20 incredible books as their Best of the Millennium (So Far). What were our readers’ favorites from the decade now coming to a close?

September 25, 2009

#1: The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen 36

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In the spring and summer of 2001, people who were listening could hear The Corrections coming.

September 24, 2009

New Models for Publishing 0

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A very thoughtful essay by Millions contributor Patrick at his home base, the Vromans bookstore blog. The nut of the piece is the idea that publishers can and should create stronger brand identities. Patrick points out some publishers that are already doing this, and there’s some great stuff in the comments as well. The piece […]

September 24, 2009

He’s the Ragtime King / There is None Higher… 0

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Ta-Nehisi Coates calls Doctorow sire (in his post E.L. Doctorow – Badass  M.C.) Back in grad school, we just called him “The Funk Doc.”

September 24, 2009

Hell is Other People 0

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The Morning News posts a terrific (if slightly ingenuous?) take on the vacuity of the poet’s life in NYC: Frank O’Hara it ain’t. Whether this is a failure of the city, or merely of the poet, is an open question. (via The Book Bench).

September 24, 2009

#2: The Known World by Edward P. Jones 7

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Jones’ refashioning of antebellum history is profoundly subversive and profoundly satisfying.

September 24, 2009

#3: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell 13

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It is hard not to make sweeping pronouncements after having lived this book.

September 24, 2009

#4: 2666 by Roberto Bolaño 0

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2666 encroaches on memory; it encroaches on reality itself.