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August 15, 2005

A reading journal continued (Part 3) 0

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Looking for a Ship by John McPhee pulled me straight out of the vertigo that was The Corrections. After I read the review on The Millions, read how journalists interviewed in The New New Journalism discussed McPhee, and found a cheap used copy on Amazon, Looking for a Ship made it to the top of […]

August 10, 2005

Booker longlist is here 0

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As many other book bloggers have noted, the illustrious Man Booker Prize longlist was announced today: The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash AwThe Sea by John BanvilleArthur & George by Julian BarnesA Long Long Way by Sebastian BarrySlow Man by JM CoetzeeIn the Fold by Rachel CuskNever Let Me Go by Kazuo IshiguroAll For Love […]

August 9, 2005

A reading journal continued (Part 2) 0

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In the meantime I received William Boynton’s The New New Journalism from my old roommate Ayse and started reading it. Boynton’s carefully structured questions provide for a similar flow for each author he interviews, thus highlighting the differences in style, discipline, and inspiration in each author. The New New Journalism is a great look into […]

August 8, 2005

Literary podcasts 4

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I don’t have an iPod or any other digital audio device, so the recent craze for podcasts has somewhat passed me by – though I occasionally will listen to one on my PC. I have, however, noticed the recent emergence of literary podcasts. Here are a few I’ve noticed so far. Bookworm: Michael Silverblatt and […]

August 7, 2005

What people are reading 0

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Looking at what people are reading while they ride to work on the train is an odd hobby, but I’ve been doing it for several months now and I can’t seem to stop myself. In fact, it’s become all the more fascinating now that I’ve noticed some patterns emerging. Here’s what I observed during my […]

August 5, 2005

A reading journal continued (Part 1) 0

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[Ed. Note: Emre is back with another multi-part reading journal. Here's the first installment. Enjoy.] Hello everyone, it has been a long time since I sent a post, but I go in spurts, so here it is. When I last left off, I had just finished reading Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer, after which I was […]

August 4, 2005

More links: numbers, Quills, Potter’s defeat, Godzilla 0

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Great posts over at Sarah’s blog and at M.J. Rose’s about where books sell the most copies (think Wal Mart) and why Amazon rankings don’t mean much in the way of book sales. (via Tingle Alley) They’ve announced the nominees for the Quills Awards – an attempt to build a book-focused version of the typical, […]

August 4, 2005

Brando’s pirate tale 0

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“Under a black cloud, the prison. And within the prison, a bright rebel. The walls were extremely high, and although this was not possible, they appeared to lean inward yet also to bulge outward, and they were topped with a luminous frosting of broken glass.” This, of course, is an excerpt from Marlon Brando’s posthumous […]

August 3, 2005

A Hundred and One Days: a review 0

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In January 2003, Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad arrived in Baghdad on a 10-day visa. With arrangements in place with various Scandinavian print and television media, the freelancer joined the growing ranks of international press who wanted to witness the changes that were in the air. Well, ten days grew to twenty and eventually to a-hundred-and-one. […]

August 3, 2005

Some links 0

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“i need more sprawling post-modern novels NOW!” is the plea at Ask MetaFilter. Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library has thousands of images from their collection online. It’s just like being in the dusty stacks. I’ve been enjoying emdashes lately. It’s a blog about my favorite magazine.