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December 16, 2006

A Year in Reading: Derek Teslik 0

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My longtime friend and former roommate Derek Teslik is the guy who got me into blogging. He was once an avid blogger himself but has long since left the fold, and believe me, the blogging world is less for it. Luckily he has consented to send me a once yearly post from his undisclosed location: […]

December 16, 2006

A Year in Reading: Corey Vilhauer 0

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This year, Corey Vilhauer, a blogger from South Dakota, joined us on twelve occasions to present his book of the month. I viewed his regular installments as letters from the reading trenches, from a reader who’s willing to try anything as he expands his horizons to new genres and eras of writing. You’ll be seeing […]

December 15, 2006

A Year in Reading: Garth Risk Hallberg 0

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Let’s say you’re slightly to the left of the Bell Curve: you read, on average, a book a week. And let’s say you’re also slightly leftward-listing in your survival prospects: that, due to the marvels of future medicine (and no thanks to the blunders of contemporary foreign policy) you’ll live to the fine old age […]

December 15, 2006

Asking Ford 0

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New Millions contributor Noah, who recently wrote a review of Richard Ford’s The Lay of the Land and helped answer a question (see the comments) about where to start when reading Ford’s books, managed to get a question in at yesterday’s Washington Post online chat with Ford. The question elicited a fairly long response from […]

December 14, 2006

A Year in Reading: Ed Champion 2

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Ed put in another year unchallenged as the litblog world’s preeminent gadfly, offering blanket coverage of all things literary with impressive depth and ample humor. His Bat Segundo show was equally impressive, offering dozens of interviews with top authors this year. I still need to catch up, but Ed has found the time to contribute […]

December 14, 2006

Thursday Links 1

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A really great, thoughtful post about independent book stores in New York from The Written Nerd. A must read if you are a bookseller or if you care about the state of independent bookstores. Read the whole thing and then see my comment on the post for my thoughts. As an antidote to all the […]

December 13, 2006

A Year in Reading: SlushPile.Net 0

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I was first introduced to Scott at BEA in DC this past spring, and though I’d come across his blog, SlushPile.Net, in passing before, I began reading it in earnest after we met. I’m glad I did. He delivers a steady flow of commentary that is instructive and often funny. I’ve been enjoying it quite […]

December 13, 2006

Ask a Book Question: The 46th in a Series (The Third Ford First) 3

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Poornima wrote in with an interesting question about what to do when you really want to read a book, but there are books that come before it. Her question has to do with Richard Ford’s new book The Lay of the Land, which was recently reviewed on this blog by Noah. Poornima asks, I have […]

December 13, 2006

A Year in Reading: The Elegant Variation 8

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Mark Sarvas, proprietor of The Elegant Variation, takes some time to share the books he read in 2006 that he found, shall we say, most to his liking. First off, the more I think about it, the less I care for the whole “Best of” formulation. It offends me on a number of levels, not […]

December 12, 2006

A Year in Reading by Patrick Brown 1

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It was a slow year for me as a reader. I’m not sure if it’s because I moved cross-country again, or because I was getting married, or because there were so many pictures of celebrities exposing themselves on the Internet, but I just didn’t get around to reading very many books. I had trouble starting […]