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September 16, 2009

The Men Who Stare at Goats 0

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What would the child of The Big Lebowski characters The Dude (Jeff Bridges) and Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) look like?  Maybe like Lt. Col. Django (Bridges, again), one of the characters in Grant Heslov‘s The Men Who Stare at Goats, set to release in November, a comedy about the U.S. military’s attempt to train psychic […]

September 16, 2009

A New Buzz-Making Strategy 0

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Read Stephen Elliot‘s (Editor of The Rumpus, and author of the memoir The Adderall Diaries) fascinating account of his Lending Library program, whereby, prior to release, he sent a free galley of his memoir to anyone who promised to pass it on to someone else within a week.

September 16, 2009

Another Self-Publishing Triumph 0

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Self-published novelist Kemble Scott debuts at no. 5 on the San Francisco Chronicle’s bestseller list with The Sower, following a limited hard-cover release to Bay Area independent  booksellers by Numina Press, who acquired the book after Scott’s initial e-book upload to scribd.com in May.  According to Publisher’s Weekly, “The Sower has had one of the most […]

September 16, 2009

Jesse Ball in Guernica Magazine 0

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Guernica is running Pieter Emily, Jesse Ball’s newest work, in three installments over the next six weeks. The first installment is now available.

September 15, 2009

Fear, Imagination, and “Making Things Peculiar” at the Brooklyn Book Festival 3

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“Gogol was a strange creature, but genius is always strange; it is only your healthy second-rater who seems to the grateful reader to be a wise old friend, nicely developing the reader’s notions of life.”

September 15, 2009

Guernica Talks to Robert Thurman 0

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“Look, if you meet someone with one leg, are you going to sit and revile them for not having the other leg? No, you’re going to be happy that they have the one and praise them for it. And get them thinking about how can we substitute for the one that’s lacking. Which are you […]

September 15, 2009

The Debut of Two Fancy New Faces 0

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Two journals started the week by showing off their fancy new faces. Gigantic launched a new web site for the magazine, featuring a chapter from Shya Scanlon‘s Forecast 42 and new fiction by J.A. Tyler.  The Barnes & Noble Review debuted a toothsome redesign along with a sobering essay on book publishing by former Executive Editor-in-Chief of Random […]

September 15, 2009

Tuesday New Releases – Dan Brown Edition 0

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Booksellers across the country have loaded up dollies with towers of boxes and carted them to the front of the store. Amazon has broken into its super-secret, double-locked, chain-link fence. Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol is here. Understandably, other publishers have ceded this Tuesday almost entirely to the Dan Brown hype machine, but those looking […]

September 15, 2009

Forgotten Visionary: The Art of Charles Burchfield 2

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Burchfield died in 1967, just as the word “psychedelic” was entering the cultural lexicon, but his paintings quake with hallucinatory glory that has nothing to do with politics or culture.

September 14, 2009

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 0

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Fans of Seinfeld and Arrested Development might be interested in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a comedy about a band of hapless, self-interested pub owners in which slapstick hijinks obscure the fact that nothing much ever happens (for example: a wheelchair race/brawl in a mall between two characters pretending to be handicapped to get girls).  […]