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February 28, 2005

Iowa Dispatches, Part 2 0

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I heard from my friends in Iowa about the latest in the search for the Iowa Writers’ Workshop Director On Feb. 24, Lan Samantha Chang was in Iowa for her “audition” for the Director position. During the mock-workshop portion of the presentation, Chang showed off her analytical skills rather than her personality, as previous finalist […]

February 28, 2005

Rick Atkinson and Battle Memoirs 0

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Rick Atkinson, sometime reporter for the Washington Post and author of several books, most recently An Army at Dawn and In the Company of Soldiers, stopped by school today and gave a brief talk to a gathering of students and faculty. Atkinson describes himself as a narrative non-fiction writer and “recovering journalist,” and he divided […]

February 28, 2005

Staying Sane: A Year in Reading (Part 9) 0

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I was in search of something light after Libra and turned to Henry Miller’s Under the Roofs of Paris. Miller wrote this piece for spare money after his return from Paris by submitting 5-10 pages at a time. He got paid $1 for each page and submitted them to a Mr. xxxx who ran a […]

February 28, 2005

Crime Fiction Revivalists 0

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Millions contributor Rodger Jacobs sent me a note about Hard Case Crime, an imprint that resurrects the pulp fiction format for “the best in hardboiled crime fiction, ranging from lost noir masterpieces to new novels by today’s most powerful writers, featuring stunning original cover art in the grand pulp style.” Among those powerful writers is […]

February 27, 2005

Ask a Book Question: The 35th in a Series (Oprah’s Classics) 0

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Joan writes in with this question: I loved the regular Oprah Book Club and her Classics selections have made wonderful new or re-reading. The last Oprah Classic I know of is Anna Karenina, last summer. Can you tell me if there have been more recent Oprah Classics? Thanks so much. Much as I am tempted, […]

February 27, 2005

Jonathan Lethem gets Autobiographical 0

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When Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude came out, there was much discussion of how the novel paralelled Lethem’s own upbringing in pre-gentrified Brooklyn. Now we’re getting the real Lethem story for those who want to compare and contrast. It arrives in the form of a book of essays, The Disappointment Artist, which comes out […]

February 26, 2005

From the Book Pages, Briefly 0

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A nice rememberance of Hunter S. Thompson by his friend Paul Theroux in The Guardian. William T. Vollmann’s substantial look at Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare by Phillip Short in the NY Times. Deborah Solomon sits down for a long chat with Jonathan Safran Foer which reveals this: “he received a $500,000 advance for […]

February 26, 2005

Upcoming Books: Elizabeth Crane, Achmat Dangor, Alicia Erian, Marc Estrin 0

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Here are some more books coming our way Back when I worked at the bookstore, Elizabeth Crane’s When the Messenger is Hot was one of the books my coworkers liked to evangelize about. Read “The Daves” and you’ll see why. Crane has a new collection of stories coming out in a couple of weeks called […]

February 24, 2005

Upcoming Books: Daniel Alarcon, Shalom Auslander, Tash Aw, Frederic Beigbeder 0

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There’s some interesting fiction hitting stores in the next few weeks. Here are some to look for. You may remember Daniel Alarcon’s story “City of Clowns” from the summer 2003 debut fiction issue of the New Yorker (it also appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2004. Now the story, about a newspaperman in Lima, […]

February 23, 2005

I am Prep 0

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While CAAF and others have spent much of the new year discussing and praising Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel Prep, I have followed along, blissfully unaware that I could, apparently, be a character in the book. Today, I read this article in the Washington Post, which clued me into Sittenfeld’s tenure as an English teacher at St. […]