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May 11, 2009

The Millions Quiz: Subscriptions We Can’t Go Without 3

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So that you may get to know us better, it’s The Millions Quiz, yet another occasionally appearing series. Here, as conceived of by our contributor Emily, we answer questions about our reading habits and interests, the small details of life that like-minded folks may find illuminating, and we ask you to join us by providing […]

May 10, 2009

Curiosities: Precise Obfuscation 0

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“Chris Lloyd adores a minuet / the Ballets Russes and crepes suzettes / but Foucault loves to rock n’ roll / a hot dog makes him lose control… what a crazy pair!” James Yeh and a plate of Korean barbecue co-star in: My Dinner with Shteyngart. Deborah Eisenberg reads Wells Tower. Open Letters Monthly looks […]

May 8, 2009

The Germs They Carried 0

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It’s been a moment since my last post, and I am here to apologize and explain. Ever since the fifth grade, when I took my birthday party to see the movie Outbreak and then read The Hot Zone thrice a row, I have been terrified of epidemics. Two weeks ago, my beloved and I returned […]

May 8, 2009

PEN World Voices Report: The Neo-Keynsian Smackdown 1

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The Met Museum’s Rogers Auditorium last Thursday night resembled one of Rush Limbaugh’s paranoid fantasies come to life; if a bomb had gone off, much of the braintrust of American liberalism would have been wiped out. To explore “The Economic Crisis and How to Deal With It,” The New York Review of Books had convened […]

May 7, 2009

PEN World Voices Report: The Strange Beauty of Andrey Platonov 0

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It was raining last Thursday (because it is always raining in New York) when I went to the CUNY Graduate Center to hear a panel called “Language in New Forms: The Work of Andrey Platonov.” I’m glad I braved the weather, however. The panel featured four of the most mellifluous voices in Anglo-American letters – […]

May 6, 2009

The Kindle Gets Bigger and Bigger 1

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The book tech beat is busy lately, with big developments on both the dedicated device side and the device agnostic side. (For more about the two ebook paths, check out our post on ebook evolution.) In recent weeks, its been Amazon making all the noise. Today the company unveiled a new Kindle, the larger Kindle […]

May 6, 2009

PEN World Voices Report: Lost in Translation at the Anagrama Panel 1

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I’m apparently not the first person to wonder, in connection with last week’s PEN World Voices Festival, What makes a good panel discussion? It may seem a parochial concern – the kind of thing best hashed out at… well, a panel discussion – but it has real-world implications. Discussions of books by people who write […]

May 5, 2009

The McPhee Syllabus 5

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John McPhee somewhat famously teaches writing to undergrads at Princeton. So, what’s on his syllabus? McPhee has been one of my favorite writers ever since I absently picked up a copy of Coming into the Country while working the cash register at Book Soup in L.A. and blazed through it in a day or two. […]

May 5, 2009

Tonight on 4th Avenue 0

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Tonight’s installment of the Pacific Standard Fiction Series here in Brooklyn features Benjamin Kunkel, author of Indecision and Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances. Books will be for sale on-site, and drink specials will be chosen by dartboard. The reading starts at 7 p.m. at Pacific Standard. Hope to see you there!

May 4, 2009

O’Neill and Bellow 0

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In his contribution to our Year in Reading series last year, Joseph O’Neill, author of Netherland, began, “Prompted by a writing assignment, I’ve been re-reading the novels and stories of Saul Bellow for the first time in years – and I’m completely smitten all over again, only more deeply.” I was curious to know what […]