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September 8, 2009

The Bookless Library 3

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Administrators at Cushing Academy in Massachusetts “have decided to discard all their books and have given away half of what stocked their sprawling stacks – the classics, novels, poetry, biographies, tomes on every subject from the humanities to the sciences. The future, they believe, is digital.” (Thanks to Millions reader Laurie who asks, “So what […]

September 8, 2009

Appearing Elsewhere 0

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New Yorkers:  Come see me read with Hannah Tinti and Terese Svoboda at the Mixer Reading series this Wednesday night at 7 pm, at  Cakeshop:  152 Ludlow Street NY NY 10002.

September 8, 2009

True Blood 0

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Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries (recently reincarnated as HBO’s True Blood), talks with Barbara Peters of the Poisoned Pen Press and Bookstore for her interview series “The Criminal Calendar.”  See the first of six YouTube installments here. Harris, like her most famous heroine, offers a mix of canny intuition and folksy […]

September 8, 2009

Staff Pick: Matthew Kneale’s English Passengers 1

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It’s the sort of book that has you running for atlases and encyclopedias to try to learn by what alchemy the author has turned history into such invigorating fiction.

September 8, 2009

Decompensate Your Way To Better Fiction 2

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I’ve been working the last two years on my first novel, which has certain elements of autobiography to it, and in that time I can’t help but notice a certain decline in the indicators of good mental health.

September 7, 2009

Brief Hideous Movie 0

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Gawker posted the first trailer for the forthcoming film version of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.

September 7, 2009

Stand By Your Man 0

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At the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the answer to a bad boyfriend is to read a few good novels.   Does The Talented Mr. Ripley remind you of your lover?

September 7, 2009

Ask Murakami 1

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Can’t get enough Murakami? In the lead-up to the announcement of this year’s Nobel Prize for literature, Dan over at “How to Japonese” will post a short, new Murakami translation each week. The translations come from an unpublished (in English) collection of Murakami’s answers to his readers’ questions. This week, Murakami tackles safe sex.

September 6, 2009

Notes From the Underground 1

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Alexis Mainland documents New Yorkers from all walks of life reading on the  subways — the last outpost of low-tech, off-the-grid in-between time. (The NY Times)

September 6, 2009

Survival of the Sleek in Publishing 0

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In today’s NY Times, former Simon & Schuster executive Joni Evans ruminates on the Darwinian transformation of publishing, from tactile and sensory (paper and fountain-pen stains and typewriter bells) to e-everything (bidding wars and clean desks); she herself picked flight over fight.