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July 11, 2006

New Pete Dexter Book 0

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I was poking around Amazon today and I came across a listing for a new book by Pete Dexter called Paper Trails: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence, and Forbidden Desires, a Surprising Number of Which Are Not About Marriage. I’m a fan of Dexter’s (see my review of Train, my review of Brotherly Love, […]

July 11, 2006

Barracks Reading Part 2 0

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After my brief service was completed I spent a week in Istanbul and returned to New York. In the meanwhile I picked up a collection of Yasar Kemal’s short stories, Sari Sicak, Teneke ve Diger Hikayeler (Yellow Heat, Tin Can and Other Stories) from my parents’’ library. I was in between cities and about to […]

July 8, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: July 2006 1

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Wait a second. No, seriously hold on. Just a few more minutes. Oh. Sorry. It’s you. I apologize for being late. Well, I only partially apologize. It is to be expected, really, with the Fourth of July striking and the World Cup ending. Yes. The World Cup. Sorry about my rudeness a little earlier – […]

July 8, 2006

The Big Move 1

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In case you haven’t noticed, we have successfully moved. As always the whole experience was rather disconcerting – a several weeks-long build of activity leading into a seriously draining 48 hours, and then, suddenly, it was over. The move itself involved no major disasters, but couldn’t be described as pleasant either. Our first setback occurred […]

July 6, 2006

A way in to Amazon Shorts 0

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Gather.com, the folks who put together a chat with Jonathan Safran Foer not too long ago, have announced a new writing contest. Online writing contests are a dime a dozen, but the cool thing about this one is that the four winning short pieces (fiction or non-fiction) will be “published and sold on Amazon Shorts,” […]

July 6, 2006

Don’t Fear the Pirate 0

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Science fiction author and Boing Boing blogger Cory Doctorow explains why science fiction writers should be excited that theirs is the “only literature people care enough about to steal on the Internet.” Doctorow has made his books freely available on the Internet – while also selling copies through traditional channels – and has been impressed […]

July 6, 2006

More Amazon Wackiness 0

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As anyone who has worked as a bookseller before can attest, book stores seem to attract a disproportionate number of crazies, people with odd obsessions, questionable hygiene, and/or highly developed eccentricities. Some might decry the modern online book store because it does not allow for this unique slice of life, but, as it turns out, […]

July 6, 2006

Barracks Reading Part 1 5

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It has, once again, been a long time since I wrote to The Millions. My hiatus this time around was due to constant travels and lack of time to read. I managed, nevertheless, to read Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment as intended and began David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. I do not dare comment on […]

June 28, 2006

Quick Links 0

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Patrick Reardon looks at 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die for the Chicago Tribune, and decides he wants to add his own favorites. Check out his eclectic list at the end of the piece. (thanks Steve) Maud mentioned off-hand that she abandons 95% of the books she starts before page 50. Sandra posted […]

June 25, 2006

Goodbye to Chicago, Hiatus at The Millions 3

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After nearly two years in Chicago, we’re picking up and moving again. For the rest of the summer, we’ll be in temporary digs in Maryland until we find ourselves a place in our as yet undetermined final destination. Packing is going much better this time around. We didn’t wait until two days before to get […]