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August 25, 2006

Other Ventures 0

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What’s it like being a young journalist in a turbulent time for the business? Some of my fellow Medill grads and I have created a blog to discuss that and other pressing matters. If you’re a journalism junkie like I am, you’ll enjoy The Newshole. Check it out. Longtime Millions contributor Emre has started a […]

August 24, 2006

Fiction Writing Class in Los Angeles 2

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I’ve got a great opportunity for any aspiring writers in Los Angeles. My good friend Edan Lepucki, an excellent writer and teacher (see her bio below) has decided to start her own fiction writing course. Edan and I met when we worked together at Book Soup in Los Angeles. While there we both led a […]

August 23, 2006

Midweek Links: New Yorker, Google, Leroy, Quills, Cuba 0

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Emdashes notes that the New Yorker is issuing an update disk for its Complete New Yorker DVD-ROM set. She also spotted the Complete New Yorker being sold on a portable hard drive. At the Washington Post, an academic writes in defense of the Google Book Search Library Project: “Only a small fraction of the huge […]

August 22, 2006

Hard to Pronounce Literary Names 90

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Update 3: Thanks to some friendly advice, and seeing competing pronunciations flying around in the comments, especially for that pesky Goethe, I decided to go to the library and to do a little more Internet research to try to get some definitive pronunciations for these names, specifically printed references where available. So here is a […]

August 21, 2006

Quarterly Report: Book Industry Trends 0

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I was reading about the recent second-quarter earnings report for Barnes & Noble as part of my day job and I realized how much insight the company’s quarterly conference call provides in terms of current trends in the book industry, as well as which books will be are most likely to be the headline-grabbing titles […]

August 18, 2006

Friday Links 1

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All week I’ve been enjoying posts by Jeremy Blachman at the Powell’s blog about life after the publication of his debut novel, Anonymous Lawyer. I particularly enjoyed hearing about his experience at BEA. In other blogging authors news. Critically acclaimed crime novelist George Pelecanos paid a vist to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and left […]

August 15, 2006

Splendid Things Gleaming in the Dust by Andrew Saikali 5

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It’s not every day that a callow, romantic writer transforms into a trailblazing, acute, realistic observer, right in front of your very eyes. In autumn 1849, Gustave Flaubert, 27 and full of poetic longing, left northern France for Egypt. Accompanied by his compatriot Max and with a servant or two in tow, Flaubert would spend […]

August 15, 2006

More Booker Prize News 0

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Now that the 2006 Booker Prize longlist has been out for 24 hours, we’re seeing the commentary roll in. So far, the big story shaping up appears to be Peter Carey, who could win for a record third time with Theft, versus Black Swan Green by David Mitchell, who many believe was robbed when his […]

August 14, 2006

Booker Prize Longlist 2006 6

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The Booker Prize longlist has arrived. I’ll do another post with some articles analyzing the list once the pundits across the pond have weighed in. Theft: A Love Story by Peter Carey The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai Gathering the Water by Robert Edric Get a Life by Nadine Gordimer The Secret River by […]

August 11, 2006

Gunter Grass’ Revelation 0

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Nobel Laureate Gunter Grass has revealed in an interview with a German newspaper that he was in the Waffen-SS in the twilight of World War II. The SS was the Nazi secret service and played a major role in the Holocaust. He has a new book coming out in Germany in September that is a […]