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May 21, 2011

The Moralist With the Dragon Tattoo 0

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Tim Parks takes Stieg Larsson seriously – sort of – in the NYRB.

May 20, 2011

Great Moments in Travel Writing 0

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The Telegraph publishes a piece by Paul Theroux in connection with his new book about travel lit, The Tao of Travel. In the piece, Theroux recounts some of the great feats of the genre.

May 20, 2011

The Perils of Reading Pregnant 27

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People’s protective urges extend beyond the body of the mother-to-be, and into her reading life. If literature is clogged with unhappy marriages, it’s certainly also darkened with dead babies and the complex melancholy of mothers.

May 20, 2011

A Play is a World: Conservative PC, Liberal PC, and Taking Art Seriously 1

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All art is engaged in world-building, and it can be accomplished as successfully in 14 lines as in 500 pages.

May 19, 2011

Gary Shteyngart, Viral Video Star 0

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It seems like Gary Shteyngart may be embarking on a new career as a viral video star (remember his wacky book trailer for the hardcover of Super Sad True Love Story?). Here he is with Paul Giamatti in a “buddy comedy” touting the paperback.

May 19, 2011

History Lesson – Part II 0

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Who would have predicted, when an unassuming history of post-punk called Our Band Could Be Your Life was published in 2001, that we’d be celebrating its tenth anniversary with concert blowouts and Paris Review Daily interviews? Most anyone who read it, that’s who.

May 19, 2011

More on Roth 0

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The Economist digs into the stupid “debate” over Philip Roth’s International Booker win.

May 19, 2011

Is This the Apocalypse? 4

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The day has come. Amazon just announced that it is now selling more e-books than physical books, and its ad-infused “Kindle with Special Offers is already the bestselling member of the Kindle family.” Meanwhile, it’s still news when a well-known author publishes an e-book (in this case, Susan Orlean’s new Kindle Single Animalish).

May 19, 2011

Working the Wound: Meghan O’Rourke’s The Long Goodbye 1

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I read this book in batches, putting it out of my reach until I could bring myself to pick it up again. I ran scared from this book, not because I didn’t think it would be worth reading, but because when I read it, I unraveled.

May 19, 2011

Goodnight Stars, Goodnight Air: Reconnecting with Children’s Books as a Parent 13

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The market for children’s books is probably more resistant to cultural churn than just about any other slice of the consumer economy; it’s a closed circuit that reproduces itself one generation after another.