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June 21, 2006

Revisiting Yesterday’s People by Andrew Saikali 0

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This is what happens when I don’t take notes. Two months ago, I sat down to read Yesterday’s People, a collection of eight short stories by Goran Simic. Born in Bosnia, Simic was already a noted author and poet when he immigrated to Canada ten years ago. I decided to write about these spare, haunting […]

June 21, 2006

A Handful of Links 0

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“Though statements have been issued over the years, no one has ever provided full disclosure of the alleged 1974 government experiment called OPERATION EMU (Experimental Mitigated Universe) during which an entire Hollywood film crew, contracted by the government, disappeared in a remote section of Nevada.” Is this Web site a mysterious government coverup of the […]

June 20, 2006

An Ugly Book-Burning Incident in Chicago 0

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In his column in the Chicago Tribune today, Eric Zorn describes a particularly ugly incident that occurred at a library not far from where I live. Somebody set fire to a number of books at the John Merlo branch of the Chicago Public Library. Making matters worse, it appears as though the arsonist targeted the […]

June 20, 2006

The Most Anticipated Books of 2006 – Part 2 7

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Back in January, I took a look at some of the “most anticipated” books of the year. Well, those books are old news now, but there are some great-looking books on the way. September and October in particular are looking pretty stacked. Please share any relevant links or books I may have missed. July: Gallatin […]

June 15, 2006

Book to Movie News: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay 0

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Michael Chabon provides an update on the progress of a movie version of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay on his Web site. Somewhat cryptically, he writes “The fate of this project–whether it will move at last from the nebulousness of pre-pre-production into really-truly pre-production, with a budget and cast and everything, will be […]

June 15, 2006

Jonathan Safran Foer answers reader questions, chats 0

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Jonathan Safran Foer posted an excerpt from Extremely Loudand Incredibly Close at Gather.com (one of those social journalism sites), and readers left comments. A few days later he came back and answered some questions about the book. Writes Foer: My parents have a photograph of me on their refrigerator. I’m about six years old, asleep […]

June 13, 2006

Some Links 1

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Google put up a special Shakespeare page for easy access to all of his plays through Google Book Search. The Book Search blog has additional details. Latest literary trend story: senators writing books. “About 30 of the 100 currently serving U.S. senators have authored books at some point in their careers, and the number is […]

June 12, 2006

Summer Hours 2

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I do this every summer don’t I? If you haven’t noticed, posting has become a bit sparse at The Millions, and I expect it to be more sparse as the summer wears on. We’re leaving Chicago soon, and we’ll be heading to temporary digs in Washington, DC, before finding a permanent place to live (the […]

June 11, 2006

War Issues 0

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Some weeks my New Yorker shows up on Tuesday; other weeks it doesn’t arrive until the weekend. This week it showed up late, and that’s why I’m writing about it even as it’s being removed from news stands to make way for next week’s issue. But I was glad to finally get to it, especially […]

June 11, 2006

Puppies Sell 0

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Nolo Press, which puts out “trustworthy and approachable legal guides,” spent “two years and ‘hundreds of thousands’” coming up with a redesign for its book covers, according to Publishers Weekly. What did Nolo come up with? Dogs. Chip Kidd, book designer extraordinaire, happened to be guest blogging at Powell’s this week and registered his horror. […]