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April 20, 2006

Ask a Book Question: The 45th in a Series (Calvino Questions) 1

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Molly writes in with a question about Italo Calvino’s The Baron in the Trees. I am having a book club meeting to discuss The Baron in the Trees, by Calvino. I am having the hardest time finding discussion questions. Any leads? Millions contributor Emre has read the book, but he’s out of the country and […]

April 20, 2006

Some Thursday Links 1

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Literary gold: Don Baiocchi’s list of books that are responses to other books. The top 50 film adaptations of books. The Guardian never seems to tire of such lists. Benetton, whose Colors magazine is one of my favorites, is participating in the New York festival of Internatonal Literature by hosting a conversation series. They’re looking […]

April 20, 2006

A Place to sit and read 0

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The bibliochaise, a clever hybrid of chair and bookshelf.

April 19, 2006

We will again be a Fast Food Nation 2

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You probably know about Eric Schlosser’s iconic book Fast Food Nation. In it Schlosser revealed the fatty, processed underbelly of the fast food industry, and it seems likely that all of the millions of people who read the wildly successful book thought twice before their next trip to the drive thru. What you may not […]

April 19, 2006

The Pulitzer needs a shortlist 1

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I was ruminating a bit about the Pulitzer Prize this week and wondering why it isn’t a bigger deal. The bookstore I worked at in Los Angeles may not be indicative of national trends, but while I was there, the Booker Prize and the National Book Award moved more books than the Pulitzer. (The Nobel […]

April 18, 2006

Excerpts of Pulitzer Winners and Finalists 0

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Comcast’s Internet service was been down for about 36 hours which has made blogging difficult. Now that my day job is officially a work from home gig, I rely on steady Internet access like never before, and considering the amount of time I spend blogging and using the Internet for pretty much all of the […]

April 17, 2006

The LBC wants you to “Read This” 0

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If you haven’t already, wander over to the LBC blog to check out our newest “Read This” selection. Personally, it’s my favorite out of all the books I’ve read for the Litblog Co-op. The book is called Television and it was written by Jean-Philippe Toussaint and Jordan Stump.

April 16, 2006

Covering the Catalogs: Soho Fall/Winter 2006 0

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I got the latest catalog from Soho Press in the mail recently. Soho is an independent press in New York that puts out a few books of literary fiction a year. They’ve also got a crime imprint. A flip through the catalog drives home Soho Crime’s reputation for detective stories set in exotic locales. This […]

April 14, 2006

The LBC Awakes 1

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The Litblog Co-op blog is stirring once again. Here’s what’s going on. The spring Read This! selection will be revealed on Monday followed by the rest of the finalists for this round. There will be six weeks worth of discussion about the books, and anyone who comments over the course of the six weeks will […]

April 14, 2006

Mrs. Millions Has Been Reading 0

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The lovely Mrs. Millions decided that she really ought to be keeping better track of what she reads, especially since she reads so much these days. Hamstrung by various reading obligations and by my harebrained scheme for selecting what to read next, I don’t always get to read the books I want to read right […]