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June 1, 2011

The Millions Top Ten: May 2011 0

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Two debuts (including an e-book original) and a YA bestseller returns.

May 31, 2011

Brainy Summer Reading 1

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The Atlantic has a great list up: “10 Essential Books for Thought-Provoking Summer Reading,” including The Late American Novel.

May 31, 2011

Tuesday New Release Day: Bolaño, Vonnegut, Mamet, Eagleman 0

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This week, New Directions offers up a collection that may offer some context to the Roberto Bolaño oeuvre. As the catalog copy suggests, “Between Parentheses collects most of the newspaper columns and articles Bolaño wrote during the last five years of his life, as well as the texts of some of his speeches and talks […]

May 31, 2011

Kindle-Proof Your Book in Seven Easy Steps! 28

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For the Luddite writer who wants to put her royalties where her mouth is, I offer the choicest trade secrets…plus a Top 10 list of eBook-resistant texts.

May 31, 2011

Mind Control: David Eagleman’s Incognito 7

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What we call the conscious mind, Eagleman argues, is far from center stage, and the more we try to find out who—or what—is actually in control of our brain, the more we find out there is, as Gertrude Stein said, “no there there.”

May 30, 2011

Digital Love 1

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Jonathan Franzen’s 2011 Kenyon commencement speech, published this weekend in the New York Times, covers love, consumerism, and narcissism in the digital age.  If you’re concerned with critical reception, looks like you’re not a creator of “serious art and literature,” in Franzen’s eyes.

May 27, 2011

The Jackal Speaks 0

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Superagent Andrew (“The Jackal”) Wylie disses the e-book and modern publishing’s “wild weekend in Las Vegas approach” to book acquisition in the Wall Street Journal Magazine. But the best part is an online slide show depicting Wylie’s journey from a wild-eyed hippie cabbie in 1971 to the uberwasp wheeler-dealer that he is today.

May 27, 2011

Zoo York Revisited: T.J. English’s The Savage City 3

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In March 1986, my first winter in New York, I was mugged in a deserted parking lot a few blocks north of Madison Square Park while coming home from a party downtown. It’s a funny story, actually.

May 27, 2011

Staff Picks: Richard P. Feynman’s Six Easy Pieces 4

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This is not really physics for beginners, then, but extremely advanced physics explained conversationally, so that students with a working knowledge of the sciences will be intrigued and inspired by the majestic complexity of the discipline, even if they can’t grasp it yet.

May 26, 2011

How 3d Projectors Make 2d Movies Worse 0

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Roger Ebert explains how the time-consuming process of changing the lenses on complicated new 3d projectors is diminishing the theater-going experience.